Pet feed is any commercial feed manufactured and distributed for consumption for pets. Any feed that fits the definition of commercial feed must be registered and approved by the WV Department of Agriculture prior to distribution within the state. Pet food includes treats, biscuits, training foods, samples sizes as well as traditional pet foods.
Raw meat pet food is exempt if the meat is not processed and not mixed with other materials. This includes pet chew, bone, toy or exerciser (of any shape or size) made of rawhide, wood or man-made material whether flavor-coated or unflavored unless the registrant made a claim on the product label or labeling that the product is intended for use as an animal food or that the product provides anything of nutritional value to the animal.
West Virginia Commercial Feed Law 19-14
Commercial Feed Rule 61-5
Pet Food FAQ
Guide to Making and Selling Pet Treats in West Virginia
Large Package Pet Feed
Pet products in packages over 10 lbs. or bulk shall be registered annually at the rate of $50.00 per product for label review. Registrations expire annually on August 31 and must be applied for 15 days prior to expiration or will be subject to a late fee of $100.00.
Application for Large Package Pet Feed
Small Package Pet Feed
Products for pets in packages of 10 lbs. and under (excluding specialty pet under 1 lb.) shall be registered annually at the rate of $40.00 per product. Registrations expire December 31 and must be applied for 15 days prior to expiration or will be subject to a late fee of $100.00.
Application for Small Package (10 lb./under) Pet Feed
Pet food in packages of 1 lbs. or less for any domesticated pet normally maintained in a cage or tank including, but not limited to, gerbils, hamsters, birds, tropical fish, goldfish, snakes, and turtles shall be registered annually at the rate of $20.00 per product for label review. Registrations expire December 31 and must be applied for 15 days prior to expiration or will be subject to a late fee of $100.00.
Application for Specialty Pet Food Registration
Actions Taken on Unregistered Products
The manufacturer will be notified of the violation and will be given a time period to register the products and pay the applicable fees. If the products are not registered within the time period they will be subject to a stop-sale/embargo order and will be removed from shelves in WV.