Austin Therrell, Feed Program Manager
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 nutritious. This is achieved through product registration, label review requirements and a statewide inspection and sampling program.
- South Carolina Guidelines for Including Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine Hydrochloride in Commercial Feeds
- SCDA Policy on Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in Commercial Feed
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 $20 per product annually with an additional $10 late fee per product for any applicant that fails to register after a 15 working day notification of the requirement. Renewals are due January 1st of each year.
Registration updates coming December 2021. Please sign up for the upcoming feed registration workshop here.
* 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.
Public Access to Feed Terms, Common or Usual Ingredient Names, and Ingredient Definitions
To advance transparency and encourage consumer education about feed ingredients, AAFCO provides a free electronic version of the official feed terms, common or usual ingredient names, and ingredient definitions found in Chapter Six of the 2020 Official Publication (OP). These feed terms, names, and definitions are typically adopted by state feed control officials and used as the regulatory basis to ensure all ingredients used in animal feed (including pet food) meet specific efficacy and identification standards. Likewise, feed manufacturers rely on these feed terms, names, and definitions to ensure compliance with the state regulations to distribute feed products in the marketplace. Finally, these feed terms, names, and definitions provide consumers with clarity and greater understanding about the ingredients in the feed they purchase.
Thinking of starting your own pet food/treat business?
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
Registration Contact Information:
Feed Liaison and Labeling Reviewer
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 inspectors 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.
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
Click the link above to view current animal feed recalls.
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 livestock producer, 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 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.
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.
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.