Pet Food Program

Pet Food means any commercial feed prepared and distributed for consumption by pets (any domesticated animal normally maintained in or near the household of the owner). Specialty pet food means any commercial feed prepared and distributed for consumption by specialty pet (any domesticated animal pet normally maintained in a tank or cage). This program provides for the registration, inspection and analysis of all pet food products sold in Vermont.

Pet Food Labels

Per Vermont Statute, all pet foods and treats sold in the state of Vermont must be registered with proper labeling.  Please review our Feed Product Label Registration Guidelines to make sure your label is compliant. You can find samples of acceptable feed labels:

Dry Food 

Canned Food

Treats

 

Feed Samples

One of the label requirements is a guaranteed analysis for protein, fat, fiber and moisture. You can have those tests done at our lab in Randolph. For more information, contact them directly.

Pet Food Sample Reports

The purpose of inspection and analysis is to ensure the pet feed users are receiving a product that meets the nutritional guarantee specified by the labeling. Penalties may be assessed to manufacturers for products that are deficient. Violations are set at $50.00 for each deficiency found. The penalty can be increased for repeat violations. All penalties are paid to the Agency.

Pet Food Fees

Commercial pet food manufacturers and dealers are required to register their commercial products with the Agency. The annual registration fee is $105 per product. There is no tonnage fee associated with pet food.

 Pet Food - Applications & Forms

The Application for Registration of Commercial Feeding Stuffs is used to register pet food and commercial feed products. Please use this application for new products or products that you have changed the product name, company name on the label, guarantee or ingredients. Please do not use this application to renew products. In March of each year we generate a computerized renewal form that lists all the products that you need to renew.

Feed Application.pdf 

Resources

 For general questions the consult Association of American Feed Control Officials Inc(link).

If you would like to know if a pet food is registered in Vermont you can search our database:

Database of Vermont Registered Feed Products

For Vermont specific questions consult our Frequently Asked Questions  or call 802-828-5050 or email Lisa.Fantelli@Vermont.gov

FDA's list of recalled pet food.

Related rules and regulations

6 VSA Chapter 26 - Commercial Feeds Law

Vermont Pet Food Regulations

 

Annual Feed Reports

2018-2019 Annual Report

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431