Angie Culler-Matthews, Food/Feed Safety & Compliance Manager
aculler@scda.sc.gov
803-734-7321

123 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172

 

The SCDA Feed Safety Program ensures that all commercial animal feed products manufactured or distributed in South Carolina are safe and effective for their intended purposes. This is achieved through a statewide inspection and sampling program, and product registration requirements.


Selling Commercial Feed Products

All commercial animal feed products sold in South Carolina must be registered and renewed annually with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) prior to being sold in the state. A clear copy of each product label must be submitted with the initial product registration application, then again at each renewal if the label has been revised since the initial registration. Product registration is $15 per product annually, renewals are due September 30th of every year.

* Registration forms, renewals, and checks that are sent in without product labels will NOT be processed and will be sent back to the company with a request to attach labels.


Product Labeling

Product labeling must be in accordance with the SC Commercial Feed Act and Commercial Feeding Stuffs regulations. SCDA may refuse the registration of a commercial feed if the name or ingredients are misleading to the consumer, if the ingredients are not approved, or the product makes misleading claims. At a minimum the label must contain the following:

  • The net weight of the product
  • The name, brand or trademark under which the product is sold
  • The name and address of the manufacturer, jobber or importer
  • The name of each and all ingredients contained in the product
  • A statement of the minimum percentage of crude protein, the minimum percentage of crude fat and the maximum percentage of crude fiber

Basic Feed Labeling Guide

Registration Contact Information:
Bernadette Mundo
Feed Liaison and Labeling Reviewer
bmundo@scda.sc.gov


Inspection and Sampling Program

SCDA Feed Safety staff routinely inspect manufacturers, distributors, and retail stores across the state to ensure the production and sale of safe and wholesome commercial feed products. Feed Control Officials also routinely sample commercial feed and pet food for analysis by the SCDA Feed Laboratory and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Microbiology Laboratory.

For more information about safe handling of pet food and treats in your home, please click here.


Complaints

SCDA Feed Safety staff receive and follow up on valid consumer complaints of animal sickness or death related to commercial feed. Please contact us below if you believe commercial feed was a factor in an animal sickness or death.

  • Feed Safety Office, (803) 734-2035

* Do NOT send in a sample without first contacting the SCDA Feed Safety Staff


Clemson University Agriculture Service Laboratory

Feed and forage analysis is a vital part of livestock health, growth, and production. The main objectives of this testing program are to improve feed and forage quality and strengthen feeding programs. If you are a consumer or manufacturer, in or out-of-state, follow this link for information about how to get a product tested.

Your samples can be dropped off at any county extension office in the state.

For more information please contact:

Shannon Alford, PhD
Director, Agricultural Service Laboratory
Clemson University
171 Old Cherry Road
Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-2068
agsrvlb@clemson.edu


Association of American Feed Control Officials

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies that are charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies. Although AAFCO itself has NO regulatory authority, the Association provides a forum for the membership and industry representation to achieve three main goals:

  • Safeguard the health of animals and humans
  • Ensure consumer protection
  • Provide a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry.

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture actively participates in AAFCO to support the objectives listed above.

For more consumer information about animal food, please click here.


Food Safety Modernization Act, Preventative Controls for Animal Food

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires businesses to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) who prepares and implements a written Food Safety Plan.

Clemson University is currently offering this course in South Carolina.

To register for the class, or if you have questions about whether or not you should take the course, click here or contact Dr. Kimberly Baker at kabaker@clemson.edu.


FDA FSMA Attestation Information

If you believe your business is only subject to the modified FSMA requirements in 21 CFR 507.7, you must file an attestation with FDA by December 16th, 2019.

You can find additional information about FSMA at the following link: fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm.

This is an attestation to FDA, NOT SCDA.


Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS)

The Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) establish a uniform foundation for the design and management of state programs responsible for regulating animal feed. Through implementing the AFRPS, a state program is able to achieve and maintain programmatic improvements that help ensure the safety and integrity of the U.S animal feed supply. The AFRPS is composed of eleven standards that serve as an objective framework to evaluate and improve components of a state program. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) enrolled into the AFRPS program in September 2017.

More information about the AFRPS can be found here.


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