- Animal Feed Safety Section Information
For general information, Feed Labeling, and Tonnage questions, contact MDARD-AnimalFeed@Michigan.gov.
- Commercial Feed Law, Act No. 120, P.A. of 1975, as amended
- Commercial Feed, Regulation No. 635
- Inspection and Tonnage Fee Report Form - Electronic
Please see our FAQs document for additional information or contact us at MDARD-AnimalFeed@michigan.gov or 517-284-5735 if you have further questions.
- Inspection and Tonnage Fee Report Form - Print
- FAQs Document Inspection and Tonnage Fee Report Form
- 2020 Inspection and Tonnage Fee Report Letter
- Reporting Inspection and Tonnage Fee
Every licensee must submit tonnage reports and tonnage-based inspection fees once a year. Licensees file one annual report each July for the reporting period July 1 - June 30.
- Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer/Distributor/Guarantor License List
- Commercial Animal Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License Application Form
Each physical location manufacturing feed in Michigan is required to obtain a Michigan Commercial Feed License.
- Animal Feed Label Requirements
Feed labels allow consumers to choose products that meet their needs, contain necessary information to determine nutritional content and tell the buyer how to use the product properly.
- Is One License Enough?
Every commercial feed label must show the complete name and principal mailing address of the licensee, exactly as it appears on the license. Use these scenarios to determine if more than one license is needed.
No, the Cottage Food Law applies to human grade food only. In order to make and sell pet treats, you will need to have a feed license.
- Organic Animal Feed
- The Business of Pet Food
An excellent resource on how to start a pet food business. This site includes licensing, labeling, reporting, and testing information.
- Commercial Feed Inspections
MDARD staff inspect, sample, and analyze commercial feed to determine whether that commercial feed is in compliance with the Commercial Feed Law and the rules promulgated under the Act.
- Medicated Feed
If a feed manufacturer adds antibiotics or other drugs to any of the feeds it produces, whether for the treatment or prevention of disease, or as an aid in promoting animal growth or feed efficiency, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) periodically conducts a special type of inspection at their facility.
- Medicated Feeds: Updates to Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD's)
- Michigan Commercial Feed Testing Laboratories List
- Consumer Advisory: Pig ear pet treats sold in bulk distributed in Michigan potentially contaminated with Salmonella
- Animal Feed Complaints
If you have reason to believe that a livestock or companion animal problem may be feed related, or that illegal practices relating to feed may have taken place, you are encouraged to contact the MDARD Toll Free number, 1-800-292-3939, to file a complaint.
- Michigan Feed Recall Notification Requirements
- American Feed Industry Association / AFIA
- Animal and Pet Food Safety for Consumers
- AOAC International
- Association of American Feed Control Officials / AAFCO
- FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine / CVM
- FDA Research Helps Keep Pets and Humans Safe
- Michigan State University Extension / MSUE
- MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health / DCPAH
- National Animal Supplement Council / NASC
- Raw Meat Diets for Animals
- The Pet Food Institute