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Feed Manufacturer/Distributor License
Commercial Feed Program
For general information, Feed Labeling, and Tonnage questions, contact MDARD-AnimalFeed@Michigan.gov.
Commercial Feed Licensing/Labeling and Inspection & Tonnage Fees
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.
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.
Each physical location manufacturing feed in Michigan is required to obtain a Michigan Commercial Feed License.
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.
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.
Are pet treats included under the new Cottage Food Law?
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.
An excellent resource on how to start a pet food business. This site includes licensing, labeling, reporting, and testing information.
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.
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.
Feed Certificate of Free Sale
Feed Complaints and Animal Feed Recalls
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, 800-292-3939, to file a complaint.
Animal Feed Safety Resources