The Hemp Gazette is reporting..

The USA’s Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) has lodged its first submission pleading the case for hemp to become an approved animal feed ingredient.

Two years in its development, the HFC’s submission was lodged with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-Center for Veterinary Medicine FDA-CVM. It seeks to make hempseed cake and meal legal for use as a protein supplement for broilers and layer chickens.


The pathway to ingredient approval for hemp and its by-products is time consuming and complicated. We created this infographic to identify key steps in the process. There are two ways to gain Federal approval: through a New Ingredient Definition to AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials)—which still leads to the FDA-CVM; or, the submission of a Feed Additive Petition directly to the FDA-CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine).

For more information about these organizations and the process involved Regulatory Agencies.


Feed is regulated at both the federal and state level in the USA – the FDA-CVM at a federal level, and at a state level usually by the state’s department of agriculture. AAFCO is a non-regulatory body that promotes the uniform regulation of feed throughout the country, working on the recommendations of the FDA.

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