The authority to regulate Pet Food is vested in Federal and in State Law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates animal feed and pet food under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act (FFDCA). Each state also has a program responsible for regulating animal feed and pet food, under the laws and rules of their specific jurisdiction, usually associated with the State Departments of Agriculture.
This process can be time-consuming and difficult to navigate, but working with a good regulatory consulting firm can make it much easier. Here’s what you need to know about getting your animal feed and pet food products registered.
Why Registration is Required
State and federal law and regulations detail many requirements for animal feed and pet food, including the requirements that the products be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. Both state agencies and the FDA monitor the marketplace for products and labeling, inspect facilities manufacturing animal feeds formulated with drugs, inspect ingredient manufacturers and complete feed manufacturers, and investigate adulteration and misbranding issues as well as product sampling.
The Registration Process
The first step in registering your animal feed or pet food product is to verify all ingredients are approved for use. The next step is to develop a compliant product label for your product that contains truthful marketing statements and complies with all different state and federal laws. Laboratory reports may be needed to verify label guarantees. Manufacturing facilities will need to be specifically licensed in the states they are located in, both at the FDA and state level. Specific animal feed and pet food products may need to be registered at the state level based on package sizes and if they are considered specialty.
Working with a Regulatory Consulting Firm
As you can see, the process of registering your animal feed and pet food products can be quite involved. Working with a regulatory consulting firm can help to take some of the burden off of your shoulders by handling all of the paperwork and communication with government officials for you. A good regulatory consulting firm will also be up-to-date on all of the latest changes in government regulations, so that you can be sure that your product is always in compliance.
Registering your animal feed and pet food products is a necessary step in ensuring the safety of the food supply. The process can be time-consuming and difficult, but working with a good regulatory consulting firm can make it much easier. Spring Regulatory Sciences is here to provide you with professional service to get your animal feed and pet food products registered and in compliance with state regulation. Our professionals will work hand and hand with your team to ensure that your product can get to market as fast as possible. We want to see your product succeed in the consumer space. Contact us on our form or call us to get a free consultation on our services.