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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 6. Commercial Feed [14901 - 15103]

  ( Chapter 6 repealed and added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1275. )

ARTICLE 5. Labels [14991 - 14996]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1275. )


(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or by regulations of the secretary that declare that the statement required pursuant to this article is not applicable to certain products to carry out this chapter, every lot, parcel, or package of commercial feed distributed within this state shall have affixed to it, or be accompanied by, a label.

(b) The sale or distribution of any lot, parcel, or package of commercial feed without a label, as specified in this chapter, is a violation of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 683, Sec. 1. (SB 668) Effective January 1, 2019.)


The label shall contain a legible and plainly printed statement which certifies all of the following:

(a) The net weight or volume of the contents of the lot or parcel unless accompanied by a certified certificate of weights and measures.

(b) The product name, brand name, or trademark.

(c) The name and principal address of the manufacturer or person that is responsible for placing the commodity on the market.

(d) The guaranteed analysis stated in terms as the director specifies by regulation.

(e) The recognized official name, as specified by the director, of each ingredient. The director may by regulation permit the use of a collective term for a group of ingredients which performs a similar function. The director may exempt a commercial feed, or any combination of commercial feeds from labeling requirements if he or she finds the listing is not necessary to comply with the intent of this chapter.

(f) Adequate directions, warnings and caution statements that may be necessary for the safe use of any feed.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 285, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2007.)


Any person that manufactures, processes, or mixes any special mix for another person, shall label it in accordance with regulations as specified by the director.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1275.)


A special mix shall not be resold unless relabeled.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1275.)


If a manufacturer or processor of any commercial feed makes a claim or guarantee relative to the content of the commerical feed on, or with, the package which contains it, and the claim or guarantee is in addition to those required by law, he is responsible for maintaining the claim or guarantee, and may be required to submit to the director information and records pertinent to the claim or guarantee.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1275.)


Commercial feed manufactured or distributed for feeding to animals on a contract or partnership basis is exempt from the labeling provisions of this chapter if the feeding location is of the same ownership as the feed manufacturing facility. The label information shall be provided by the manufacturer if the information is requested by a party to the contract or partnership or if the commercial feed contains a drug.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 238, Sec. 12.)

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