Commercial feed and pet food
How to stay in compliance with Louisiana's feed and pet food registration and reporting rules
Feed and pet food registration
Any manufacturer or distributor of commercial feed or pet food who wishes to sell their products in the state of Louisiana must first register them with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Distributors and manufacturers of commercial animal feed and pet food sold in Louisiana must register any new products and/or renew registration of existing products annually. Each new registration or annual re-registration is good for a year:
Beginning: July 1st of the current calendar year
Ending: June 30th of the next calendar year.
The deadline for all registrations is June 30th of the current calendar year.
The key piece of data required for any product registration is the Guaranteed Analysis label on the product package. Manufacturers or distributors who don't yet have a label for any product can obtain one by following the instructions in the Nutrition analysis and labeling section of this page.
Registration and tonnage reports for commercial feed and pet food
Guaranteed analysis labeling
Every pet food or animal feed product you intend to sell to in Louisiana must bear a "Guaranteed analysis" label to certify that its nutrient content meets minimum standards for percentages of. crude protein and crude fat,
...but does not exceed maximum percentage standards for crude fiber and moisture
Obtaining a label
To obtain a label for your product, you must first get the data that will appear on it. This means getting get it analyzed for nutritional content. The series of tests are known as a "proximate analysis" and will give you numbers for these four components along with readouts on ash and nitrogen-free extractives such as carbohydrates and soluble fiber. The LSU AgCenter's Department of Agricultural Chemistry conducts these lab tests (and many others) for a fee.
To l earn more about pet food or feed analysis , see an up-to-date list of lab fees and get forms for sample submission, visit the LSU Ag Chemistry web page.
You can also call the Agricultural Chemistry Lab directly between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Central time at the number listed below
Products that require new registration
Brand new products
Existing products whose formulas or ingredients have been changed
The deadline for registration submissions is June 30th.
If you registered your product in previous years, and its formula hasn't changed, you don't need to submit a new registration. Instead, you should complete an annual registration renewal
Required labeling on feed or pet food products
Any feed or pet food product you register for the first time, or re-register as part of the annual renewal process will need a label based on a lab analysis.
Instructions for completing new registration form.
Click on the " new feed or food registration " button below to download a fillable registration form. Then follow these instructions:
Fill in business name, address, telephone number and date. Business name should be the same as that appearing on the labels of your products.
List the complete name of each feed/pet food product to be registered. The name of the product is the only information needed. If more space is needed to list additional products, please attach another sheet.
Attach a copy of the label for each new or revised product on an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper. As labels are revised or a new labels designed, please forward a copy to us indicating if this is a new product or a revision of one already registered. You must submit the label fee only, not a new company registration fee or inspection fee, for new products filed during the fiscal year. If the protein, fat or fiber changes, it is considered a new product.
Sign and date your application. This application expires the last day of June each year.
Enclose a check covering payment of the annual registration fee of $40.00 and the label fee per number of products registered and inspection fee if you are required. An additional fee of $50.00 will be charged for renewal registration POSTMARKED after June 30th.
For companies selling commercial feeds only in packages of ten (10) pounds or less, there is a $200 fee to be paid in lieu of the inspection fee (also known as quarterly tonnage fees). This is to be submitted with your registration application.
Send registration application to:
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
c/o Revenue 5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1003 BATON ROUGE, LA 70806