Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Hemp in Animal Feed Banned


Utah Joins Other States Prohibiting Hemp Products in Pet Food

(Salt Lake City)  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is notifying local animal food manufacturers and retailers that pet food containing hemp products are considered adulterated and prohibited for sale under federal and state law.  The Department’s Division of Plant Industry and Conservation is issuing warning letters to 27 businesses throughout the state to stop the manufacturing and distribution of pet food that contains hemp or hemp products.  

     Because of FDA rules and guidelines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), feed products containing hemp are not recognized or approved for use as a feed ingredient and are considered to be adulterated and in violation of the Utah Commercial Feed Act and the Utah Wholesome Food Act.

     The UDAF is asking manufacturers to voluntary recall previously distributed products and stop future sales and manufacturing.

     Utah is joining Texas, Colorado, Washington and other states in issuing the notice.
     “There are many unanswered questions about how the ingredients in hemp could interact with large and small animals,” said Robert Hougaard, Director of the Division of Plant Industry and Conservation.  “Until sufficient peer reviewed science is presented and the FDA and AAFCO have accepted them as an approved animal feed ingredient, the UDAF will continue to prohibit the manufacturing and distribution of the adulterated products.” he added.

     According to the AAFCO, allowing an industry to enter the market without the appropriate safety data is unfair to other ingredient manufacturers that are doing their due diligence. There are some potential safety concerns related to the presence of certain compounds, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), in parts of the hemp plant that must be addressed.  Read the AAFCO guidelines on hemp in animal food here.


Contact: Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104
Cell (801) 514-2152
Rob Hougaard (801) 791-2746










posted: August 30, 2017