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Commercial feed terms and definitions.
Except for the specific terms and definitions contained in this section or in RCW 15.53.901, the terms and definitions used in reference to commercial feeds, in this chapter, are the official feed terms adopted by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and published in the association's official publication. Throughout these rules where the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) official publication is referred to, the reference is to the 2003 Official Publication.
A copy of the official publication is on file with the department. Copies may be purchased from AAFCO Assistant Secretary Treasurer; P.O. Box 478 Oxford, IN 47971.
(1) "Animal wastes" means a material composed of excreta, with or without bedding materials and/or animal drugs, collected from poultry, ruminants or other animals except humans.
(2) "Canned" means feed that has been processed, packaged, sealed, and sterilized for preservation in cans, pouches, or similar containers.
(3) "Commercial feed" means all materials or combinations of materials that are distributed or intended for distribution for use as feed or for mixing in feed, unless such materials are specifically exempted. The following commodities are exempted and are not considered "commercial feed" if they are not adulterated (see RCW 15.53.902 for a list of conditions that cause commercial feeds to be adulterated):
â¢ Unmixed whole seeds and physically altered entire unmixed seeds when such seeds are not chemically changed.
â¢ Raw meat, hay, loose salt, straw, stover, silage, cobs, husks, and hulls when such commodities are not ground, mixed or intermixed with other materials.
(4) "Customer-formula feed" means commercial feed that is a mixture of commercial feeds or feed ingredients, or both, each batch of which is manufactured according to the instructions of the final purchaser.
(5) "Department" means the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA).
(6) "Director" means the director of the Washington state department of agriculture or the director's designee.
(7) "Distressed pet food" means pet food (dog and cat) in distribution that is no longer available for retail sale. Examples of distressed pet food include, but are not limited to, dented cans, torn bags, or pet food past its sell-by date.
(8) "Distressed specialty pet food" means specialty pet food in distribution that is no longer available for retail sale. Examples of distressed specialty pet food include, but are not limited to, dented cans, torn bags, or specialty pet food past its sell-by date.
(9) "Distribute" means to:
(a) Offer for sale, sell, exchange or barter, commercial feed; or
(b) Supply, furnish, or otherwise provide commercial feed to a contract feeder.
(10) "Distributor" means a person who distributes.
(11) "Drug" means:
(a) Any article intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals other than man; and
(b) Articles other than feed intended to affect the structure or any function of the animal body.
(12) "Enzyme" means a protein made up of amino acids or their derivatives, which catalyses a defined chemical reaction. Required cofactors should be considered an integral part of the enzyme.
(13) "Facility" means any place where a commercial feed is manufactured, repackaged, sold, transloaded, or stored for later distribution.
(14) "Feed ingredient" means each of the constituent materials making up a commercial feed.
(15) "Grain mixture feed" means mixed or intermixed whole or physically altered grains, that:
(a) Are not chemically altered;
(b) May or may not contain molasses; and
(c) Except for molasses, contain no other additives.
(16) "Guarantee" means a listing of specified nutrients or nonnutritive substances contained in a commercial feed that the manufacturer or distributor named on the feed label warrants as specified in these rules.
(17) "Guaranteed analysis" means a listing of the minimum, maximum or both minimum and maximum concentrations of specified nutrients contained in a commercial feed that the manufacturer or distributor named on the feed label warrants. Both minimum and maximum concentrations of specified nutrients contained in a commercial feed are stated on an "as is" basis rather than on a "one hundred percent moisture free" basis in units specified by these rules.
(18) "Initial distributor" means a person who first distributes a commercial feed in or into Washington state.
(19) "Ingredient statement" means a contiguous listing on the label of all ingredients of which the commercial feed is composed.
(20) "Label" means a display of written, printed, or graphic matter upon or affixed to the container in which a commercial feed is distributed, or on the invoice or delivery slip with which a bulk commercial feed is distributed.
(21) "Labeling" means all labels and other written, printed, or graphic matter:
(a) Upon a commercial feed or any of its containers or wrappers; or
(b) Accompanying such commercial feed.
(22) "Lot identifier" means a unique identifier for each lot, batch or production run that enables the manufacturer to accurately trace the complete manufacturing and distribution history of the product. A lot identifier is an individual lot, batch or production run number, code, date, or other suitable identification applied to the label, container, or package. In the case of bulk feed the lot identifier is on a label, invoice, or shipping document accompanying the feed.
(23) "Net weight" means the weight of a commodity excluding any materials, substances, or items not considered to be part of the commodity. Examples of materials, substances, or items not considered to be part of a commodity include, but are not limited to, containers, conveyances, bags, wrappers, packaging materials, labels, individual piece coverings, decorative accompaniments, and coupons. (See RCW 19.94.010 (1)(i).)
(24) "Nutritionally adequate" means the feed, when fed according to directions on the label, will meet the nutritional requirements of the class of animals for which the feed was manufactured.
(25) "Nutritionally suitable" means nutritionally adequate.
(26) "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, or association.
(27) "Pet food" means a commercial feed prepared and distributed for consumption by domesticated dogs or cats.
(28) "Principal display panel" means the part of a label that is most likely to be displayed, presented, shown or examined under normal and customary conditions of display for retail sale.
(29) "Prohibited mammalian protein" means any protein-containing portion of mammalian animals, excluding:
â¢ Blood and blood products;
â¢ Inspected meat products that have been cooked and offered for human food and further heat processed for feed (such as plate waste and used cellulose food casings);
â¢ Milk products (milk and milk proteins); and
â¢ Products whose only mammalian protein is porcine or equine protein.
(30) "Processed," as applied to animal waste, means thermally dehydrated, dry-stacked, ensiled, oxidized, chemically treated, microbiologically digested, chemically or physically fractionated, or treated by other processes that enable an animal waste product to comply with the standards established in this chapter.
(31) "Quantity statement" means the part of the label expressing net weight (mass), net volume (liquid or dry) or count.
(32) "Repackage" means taking commercial feed from packages (no larger than one hundred pounds for dry feed or fifty-five gallons for liquid feed) and placing it into smaller packages for resale.
(33) "Salvage pet food" means pet food (dog and cat food) still under control of the original manufacturer and will not be offered for sale at retail. Examples include, but are not limited to, start-up and over-run product, unpelletted pet food, pet food fines, and other products not suitable for packaging for retail sale.
(34) "Salvage specialty pet food" means specialty pet food still under control of the original manufacturer and will not be offered for sale at retail. Examples include, but are not limited to, start-up and over-run product, unpelletted specialty pet food, specialty pet food fines, and other products not suitable for packaging for retail sale.
(35) "Sell" or "sale" includes exchange.
(36) "Specialty pet" means a domesticated animal pet normally maintained in a cage or tank, such as, but not limited to, gerbils, hamsters, canaries, psittacine birds, mynahs, finches, tropical fish, goldfish, snakes, and turtles.
(37) "Specialty pet food" means a commercial feed prepared and distributed for consumption by specialty pets.
(38) "Transload" means to transfer commercial feed from one carrier to another carrier without processing or blending the ingredients. For example, transferred from rail cars to trucks or shipping containers.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.53 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 05-18-094, Â§ 16-250-010, filed 9/7/05, effective 10/8/05; WSR 03-23-128, Â§ 16-250-010, filed 11/19/03, effective 7/1/04.]