Feed Safety and Pet Food

Test​ing

ODA regularly samples animal feed to ensure the nutritional content guaranteed on the label is in the feed. Testing ensures that medications included are allowed by law and that they are used and labeled properly.

Do you need your own hay, grain, or soil tested? Contact your county extension agent to find a lab.

Sele​nium

The code of federal regulations specifies how much selenium may be added to feed. Veterinarians are not allowed to exceed these amounts in feed, even with a prescription.

ODA recommends manufacturers occasionally check selenium levels in feeds for species sensitive to selenium as well as updating formulation system ingredient mineral values as needed. The actual selenium level should be within 25% of the tag guarantee.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease​​)

To prevent the establishment and amplification of BSE through feed in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the use of most mammalian protein in feeds for ruminant animals. Anyone who either sells mixed animal feeds or ingredients or buys feed that may be fed to cattle, sheep, or other ruminants has obligations under FDA rule. 

Resources

AAFCO: The Association of American Feed Control Officials

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. The Association publishes an Official Publication that lists all the common feed ingredient definitions for use in animal feed. Association of American Feed Control Officials website

Dioxin Reports

Dioxin Reports

FDA compliance policy guide - Salmonella in food for animals

FDA guidance - Salmonella in food for animals

FDA Registration of Food (feed) Facilities

FDA registration of food facilities website

Foreseeable Hazards in Animal Feed (2019)

Summary of the national and local (Oregon) knowledge of some of the hazards associated with animal feed. Common feed hazards information

FSMA: Animal Food Good Manufacturing practices

Guidance for industry on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements for food for animals. FSMA guidance on requirements for food for animals

FSMA: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Human and Animal Food Importers

Draft guidance for industry on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for importers of food for humans and animals. FSMA guidance on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Nutrient "cheat sheet"

Nutrient guarantees required by animal species under the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Model Bill and Regulations. Nutrient guarantees required by AAFCO

Registered feed products searchable database

Search registered feed & veterinary products

Vomitoxin guidance from Food & Drug Administration (2010)

Advisory levels for Deoxynivalenol (DON) in finished wheat products

Violation summaries

Feed violations in Oregon (2003)

Feed violations 2003

Feed violations in Oregon (2004)

Feed violations 2004

Feed violations in Oregon (2005)

Feed violations 2005

Feed violations in Oregon (2006)

Feed violations 2006

Feed violations in Oregon (2007)

Feed violations 2007

Feed violations in Oregon (2008)

Feed violations 2008

Feed violations in Oregon (2009)

Feed violations 2009

Feed violations in Oregon (2010)

Feed violations 2010

Feed violations in Oregon (2011)

Feed violations 2011

Feed violations in Oregon (2012)

Feed violations 2012

Feed violations in Oregon (2016)

Feed violations 2016

Feed violations in Oregon (2017)

Feed violations 2017

​​​​Selenium

Code of federal regulations for feed testing

Code of federal regulations for feed testing

Latest selenium testing results (May 2013)

Selenium test results

Letter to the industry about selenium levels

Selenium feed levels letter to Oregon feed manufacturers

OAR 603-058-0140: Feeds - Expression of Guarantees

OAR 603-058-0140: Expression of Guarantees

​​BSE

FDA Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) information

FDA website on BSE

FDA compliance guide 68 for feed mills and distributors

FDA compliance for feed mills and distributors

FDA compliance guide 70 for cattle owners

FDA compliance guide for cattle owners

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Contact​​

Richard Ten Eyck
Feeds Safety Specialist
Commercial Feeds
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4691
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