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Inspection Documentation – Customer Formula Feeds

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General Principles

Regulatory Authority

The definition described above provides producers with the flexibility to request the manufacturing of specific feeds based on their knowledge of their livestock's needs, without requiring registration. While the regulations are clear that a signed written order, indicating the name and amount of specific ingredients to be used, must be provided whenever a customer formula feed is to be manufactured, the production mechanics and manufacturing of feeds has evolved since the initial writing of the regulations. Therefore, given the frequency a specific customer formula feed could be ordered by the same customer over a period of time, requiring a signed written order each time is not practical in most cases. Rather, the expectation is that before the customer formula feed is manufactured, the facility will have on-site:

  1. a signed customer formula that meets the conditions necessary to be exempt from registration (i.e., contains all the required information to conform with one of the options identified in the customer formula definition); and
  2. a written request that a specific amount of a customer formula feed be manufactured, supplied or furnished. The written request could be submitted by the purchaser or transcribed by the seller and would contain the name and amount of each customer formula product being requested, the date the request was made and the name of the person making and/or transcribing the request.

When these two criteria are met, the full intent of the customer formula feed definition is met.

Examples of acceptable, signed customer formulas. Description follows.

Examples of acceptable, signed customer formulas. Description follows.

Description for Formula - Examples of acceptable, signed customer formulas

Part "B" of the customer formula definition–kind and amount of each single ingredient feed to be used

Customer Formula:

Purchaser name and address - example: Jane Doe, Red Deer, Alberta

Name of feed - example: Jane Doe's Complete Swine Ration

Ingredients and amounts – example: Corn, 700 kilograms
Soybean meal, 150 kilograms
Wheat middlings, 50 kilograms
Dried whey, 50 kilograms
Animal fat (tallow), 50 kilograms

Total amount – example: 1000 kilograms

Signature – example: Jane Doe

Note that single ingredient feeds are listed in Schedule IV of the Feeds Regulations

Part "C" of the customer formula definition–kind and amount of each single ingredient feed to be added to a compliant micro-premix

Customer Formula:

Purchaser name and address - example: John Doe, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Name of feed - example: John Doe's Dairy Macro-Premix

Ingredients and amounts – example: Linestone, 380 kilograms
Dicalcium phosphate, 245 kilograms
Salt, 185 kilograms
Magnesium oxide, 75 kilograms
Potassium and magnesium sulfate, 50 kilograms
Dairy micro 2005, 55 kilograms
Mineral oil, 10 kilograms
Total amount – example: 1000 kilograms

Signature – example: John Doe

Note that single ingredient feeds are listed in Schedule IV of the Feeds Regulations and Dairy micro 2005 is a registered micro-premix compliant with the Feeds Regulations

Part "C" of the customer formula definition–kind and amount of each single ingredient feed to be added to a compliant medicated supplement

Customer Formula:

Purchaser name and address - example: John Doe, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Name of feed - example: John Doe's Complete Swine Feed Medicated with Chlortetracycline Hydrochloride

Ingredients and amounts – example: Wheat, 650 kilograms
Oats, 100 kilograms
Hoggies 40% Hog Supplement medicated with 440 mg/kg , 250 kilograms

Total amount – example: 1000 kg

Signature – example: John Doe

Note that single ingredient feeds are listed in Schedule IV of the Feeds Regulations and Hoggies 40% Hog Supplement medicated with 440 mg/kg is a medicated supplement compliant with the Feeds Regulations

Part "C" of the customer formula definition–kind and amount of each single ingredient feed to be added to a compliant macro-premix

Customer Formula:

Purchaser name and address - example: John Doe, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Name of feed - example: John Doe's Complete Swine Ration

Ingredients and amounts – example: Soybean Meal, 250 kilograms
Corn, 500 kilograms
Arnies Macro-Premix for Swine, 250 kilograms

Total amount – example: 1000 kg

Signature – example: John Doe

Note that single ingredient feeds are listed in Schedule IV of the Feeds Regulations and Arnies Macro-Premix for Swine is a macro-premix compliant with the Feeds Regulations

Part "C" of the customer formula definition–kind and amount of each single ingredient feed to be added to a compliant medicated complete feed

Customer Formula:

Purchaser name and address - example: John Doe, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Name of feed – example: John Doe's Complete Swine Starter Feed Medicated with Virginiamycin

Ingredients and amounts – example: Anybrand pig starter medicated with Virginiamycin, 998 kilograms
Zinc Oxide Anhydrous, 2 kilograms

Total amount – example: 1000 kilograms

Signature – example: Joe Doe

Note that single ingredient feeds are listed in Schedule IV of the Feeds Regulations and Anybrand pig starter medicated with Virginiamycin is a medicated complete feed compliant with the Feeds Regulations

Regulatory Requirements for Customer Formula Feeds

Exemption from registration

Floor Stocking

Toll Manufacturing

Veterinary Prescriptions and Customer Formula Feeds

Optional Labelling Requirements for Customer Formula Feeds

Mandatory Labelling InformationFootnote 6 for Customer Formula Feeds

Non-Medicated Customer Formula Feeds

Mandatory Labelling Information for Customer Formula Feeds - Non-Medicated Customer Formula Feeds. Description follows.

Description for Formula - Non-Medicated Customer Formula Feeds
  • feed name as per Section 32 of the Feeds Regulations
  • the name and address of the supplier of the formula
  • if in bulk, the net mass of the shipment
  • if in bags, only one package per lot requires a label and must indicate: the net mass of each individual package and the number of packages in the lot
  • if feed contains prohibited material, the prescribed statement as defined in the Health of Animals Regulations

Medicated Customer Formula Feeds

Mandatory Labelling Information for Customer Formula Feeds - Medicated Customer Formula Feeds. Description follows.

Description for Formula - Medicated Customer Formula Feeds
  • feed name as per Section 32 of the Feeds Regulations
  • the name and address of the supplier of the formula
  • name and address of the manufacturer
  • net amount of feed
  • form of the feed, if other than mash
  • ID code if a Micro Premix
  • name and amount of medicating ingredient, in direct association with the feed name
  • directions for use
  • appropriate MIB claim(s)
  • required MIB caution(s) and/or warning(s)
  • if in bags, each bag must be labelled
  • if in bulk, a copy of the compliant label must be provided to the purchaser
  • if feed contains prohibited material, the prescribed statement as defined in the Health of Animals Regulations

Veterinary Prescription Customer Formula Feeds

Mandatory Labelling Information for Customer Formula Feeds - Veterinary Prescription Customer Formula Feeds. Description follows.

Description for Formula - Veterinary Prescription Customer Formula Feeds
  • name of the feed including the name and amount of medicating ingredient present in the feed, as per the veterinary prescription
  • name and address of supplier of the formula
  • name and address of the manufacturer
  • net amount
  • form of the feed, if other than mash
  • directions for use including duration of feeding, as per the veterinary prescription
  • name of veterinarian who issued the prescription
  • applicable claim or information from the veterinary prescription
  • any required caution(s) and/or warning(s) as indicated on the veterinary prescription
  • if in bags, each bag must be labelled
  • if in bulk, a copy of the compliant label must be provided to the purchaser
  • if feed contains prohibited material, the prescribed statement as defined in the Health of Animals Regulations

Questions regarding this policy should be forwarded to:

Judy Thompson
National Manager
Feed Inspection Support &Training Section
Animal Feed Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Telephone: 613-773-7521
Facsimile: 613-773-7565
Email: judy.thompson@inspection.gc.ca

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