1. I want to start making dog treats and selling them on social media and at local farmer’s markets. What do I need to do to be compliant with SC rules and regulations?
The SC Commercial Feed Act can be found here. SCDA requires the product(s) to be registered, registration information can be found on the Feed Safety Compliance page. Be aware that although it is acceptable to make pet food or treats in your home kitchen, SCDA Feed Control Officials may want to conduct an inspection of the practices in your home. Additionally, in the event that SCDA received a complaint about your products from a consumer, you may be subject to a complaint follow-up and inspection.
2. My pet became sick after eating the pet food/feed I purchased. What can I do to bring this to the attention of SCDA?
SCDA records complaints for animal feed and pet food. You may call the SCDA Consumer Protection Division Main Switchboard at 803-737-9700 and explain that you would like to file a complaint about an animal feed or pet food and your message will be forwarded to the Animal Feed Program. More information about complaints can be found on the Feed Safety Compliance Page.
3. I would like to make animal food products with CBD oil such as pet treats, pet foods, and animal feed. What do I need to know? Is this allowed?
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is aware of the growing public interest in hemp and cannabis-derived products, including cannabidiol (CBD), and will follow the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) position:
“FDA has concluded that it is a prohibited act to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any food to which CBD has been added.” https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm421168.htm#legal
Materials and products that are CBD infused need to be treated as drugs. There is no nutritional intended use for this compound at this point in time.
SCDA has cooperative agreements with FDA to ensure compliance and the SCDA nor the FDA is aware of any evidence that would call into question these conclusions.