Lorey Bell Grady, Feed Safety 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.
SCDA Feed Safety staff receive and follow up on valid consumer complaints of animal sickness or death related to commercial feed. Please use the form below to contact us if you believe commercial feed was a factor in an animal sickness or death.
* Do NOT send in a sample without first contacting the SCDA Feed Safety Staff
For additional information regarding feed safety complaints please contact:
Ledare Livingston, AFRPS Coordinator
Click the link above to view current animal feed recalls.
- 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 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. Total product cost is $20 per product annually ($15 registration fee and $5 technology processing cost) with an additional $10 late fee per product for any products registered after January 15th. Renewals are due January 1st of each year.
*Registration forms 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 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
- Livestock Feed Labeling Guide
- Commercial Feed or Animal Remedy?
- Example Labels:
- Dairy Complete and Supplement Feeds
- Duck Starter Feeds
- Equine Complete and Supplement Feeds
- Goat Complete and Supplement Feeds
- Poultry Complete and Supplement Feeds
- Rabbit Multiplier Feeds
- Sheep Complete and Supplement Feeds
- Solvent Extracted Soybean Meal Single Ingredient Labeling
- Swine Complete and Supplement Feeds
- Trout Pellet Feeds
- Turkey Finisher Feeds
- Wild Bird Feed
Registration Contact Information:
Feed Registration Specialist
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 2023 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.
AAFCO has instituted a repository, referred to as the Common Food Index (CFI), of common foods that may be appropriate for use in animal food and serve as a tool for use during review of ingredients on an animal food label, providing harmonization and transparency.
To learn more about AAFCO’s new Common Food Index (CFI), visit its webpage here.
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.
For more information on our Inspection and Sampling Program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Safety Modernization Act Resources
The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law a decade ago, and its resulting rules broadly impact the safety of both human and animal food.
This informational series of videos has been developed as a resource to help small and medium sized South Carolina feed manufacturers comply with the rules associated with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
The video series was produced by Dr. Cassie Jones, Animal Sciences and Industry Professor/Teaching Coordinator at Kansas State University.
Video 2: Does FSMA impact me?
Video 3: What do I need to do?
Video 4: What are my hazards?
Video 5: How can I control hazards?
- Prerequisite Program for Metals
- Prerequisite Program for Aflatoxin, Fumonisin, and Vomitoxin
- Prerequisite Program for Animal Drug Contamination
- Prerequisite Program for Copper Toxicity in Sheep Feed
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.