Angie Culler-Matthews, Food/Feed Safety & Compliance Manager
123 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172
Feed Safety & Compliance ensures that feeds are manufactured and marketed under safe and sanitary conditions through routine surveillance inspections. Annual registration of commercial feed and pet food is also conducted, along with inspections to check feed labeling for compliance with regulations.
Animal Food Inspection Program
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA), Consumer Protection Division, Feed Safety Program regulates animal food in South Carolina. SCDA Feed Safety staff routinely inspect retail stores, manufacturers, renderers, licensed and non-licensed medicated feed mills, and distributors to ensure the production and sale of a safe and wholesome animal feed product. Feed Control Officials also have the authority to sample animal feed and pet food for analysis by the SCDA Feed Laboratory and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). Our Feed Control Officials perform these inspections under authority granted by the SC Commercial Feed Act and the SC Food and Cosmetic Act. More information about the SC Commercial Feed Act can be found here.
All animal food products sold in South Carolina must be registered and renewed annually with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA). Products in retail stores and at manufacturing locations are monitored by the Feed Control Officials for registration status. A registration form should be filled out and mailed in for any new products that are not yet registered with SCDA. Registration renewals may be sent through the mail or electronically. SCDA Feed Safety staff review labels for the products that are being registered. SCDA may refuse the registration of a feed or pet food if the name and the ingredients are misleading to the consumer, if the ingredients are not accurately stated, the product makes misleading claims, etc. 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
If you are already registered with us and need to renew your products, please log onto KRS.
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.
Registration Contact Information:
Feed Liaison and Labeling Reviewer
Feed Sampling and Laboratory Services
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) Feed Safety Program routinely and randomly samples animal food sold in South Carolina. Following a strict chain of custody, samples are sent to the SCDA Food/Feed Laboratory to be tested against the product’s guaranteed analysis of crude protein, crude fat, and crude fiber. If it is found that a product does not meet or exceeds its guaranteed analysis within a specified deviation, the manufacturer will be penalized according to the following schedule:
Crude Protein: Two times the relative percentage of deviation from the guarantee multiplied by the retail value of the commercial feed. For example: A guaranteed minimum protein of 16% and assaying only 14% will be considered to have a deviation of 2%. The relative percentage of deviation will be 2%/16%=0.125. 2 x 0.125=0.25. Therefore, the penalty will be assessed as 0.25 x (retail value of feed).
Crude Fat: Ten percent of the retail value of the lot of commercial feed.
Crude Fiber: Ten percent of the retail value of commercial feed.
The minimum penalty under any of the foregoing provisions shall be twenty-five (25) dollars or the retail value of the product; whichever is smaller, regardless of the value of the deficiency.
Reference to these penalties can be found in the SC Commercial Feed Act.
Additionally, some pet food samples (wet and dry, dog and cat, food and treats) are sent monthly to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for microbial analysis. These samples are tested for harmful microbes such as Salmonella and Listeria. These pathogens can have injurious effects on animals as well as their owners. For more information about these pathogens and their effects on humans please click here.
For more information about safe handling of pet food and treats in your home, please follow click here.
SCDA Food/Feed Laboratory Capabilities
The following analyses may be performed on samples collected by SCDA Feed Safety Staff. SCDA Laboratory routine analysis capabilities include:
Nutritional: Crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, moisture, ash
Mycotoxin: Aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), Fumonisin
Mineral: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, salt, potassium, sodium, zinc
Medicated: Amprolium, Chlortetracycline. Ocytetracycline
Clemson University Agriculture Service Laboratory
The Clemson Agriculture Service Laboratory provides nutritional testing for feed products as a service to companies needing nutritional information for their products. If you are a company 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
171 Old Cherry Road
Clemson, SC 29634
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 charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies. Although AAFCO has no regulatory authority, the Association provides a forum for the membership and industry representation to achieve three main goals:
- Safeguarding the health of animals and humans
- Ensure consumer protection
- Providing a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry.
These goals are achieved by developing and implementing uniform and equitable laws, regulations, standards, definitions and enforcement policies for regulating the manufacture, labeling, distribution and sale of animal feeds – resulting in safe, effective and useful feeds by promoting uniformity amongst member agencies.
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.
Thinking of starting your own pet food/treat business?
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. Implementation of the AFRPS is voluntary. A state’s implementation of the AFRPS helps ensure a uniform and consistent approach to animal feed regulation among jurisdictions including the sharing of information and the coordination of resources. The AFRPS is composed of eleven standards that serve as an objective framework to evaluate and improve components of a state program. The standards cover the state program’s regulatory foundations, training, inspection program, auditing, feed-related illness or death and emergency response, enforcement program, outreach activities, budget and planning, laboratory services, sampling program, and assessment and improvements of standard implementation. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) enrolled into the AFRPS program in September 2017. More information about the AFRPS can be found here.
The SCDA Feed Safety staff records and acts on complaints from consumers about dissatisfaction or concern with an animal food purchased or manufactured in South Carolina. If warranted, the Feed Control Official assigned to the complaint may find it necessary to sample the product and send it to the SCDA Laboratory or another laboratory for analysis. A Feed Control Official will sample the product themselves from a residence, store or manufacturing location to ensure a secure chain of custody is followed. Do NOT send in a sample without first contacting the SCDA Feed Safety Staff:
Angie Culler-Matthews, Food and Feed Safety Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org • 803-734-7321
Austin Therrell, Feed Supervisor: email@example.com • 803-734-2035
Bernadette Mundo, Feed Liaison and Plan Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org • 803-737-9713
Madison Starnes, AFRPS Coordinator / Feed Control Official: email@example.com • 803-722-0615
Oliver Harrelson, Feed Control Official: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCDA, Consumer Protection Division Main Switch Board: 803-737-9700
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 Cooperative Extension will hold 4 trainings in 2018-2019—successful completion of the training curriculum is one way to become a PCQI.
Below is a list of locations and dates for the trainings. The registration fee for the 3-day course is $495 and includes lunch, refreshments, course workbook, and certificate of successful completion.