Livestock and pet feeds are inspected to confirm the feeds are registered for sale in Colorado, and that they are properly labeled. Inspectors submit samples to the ICS Laboratory, which tests the feed for compliance with the guarantees listed on the label. Inspections are performed to make sure that certain livestock feeds are in compliance with the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or "Mad Cow Disease") prevention regulations.
What to expect during an inspection:
- The inspector needs to have ready access to any of the feed products in inventory and copies of labels to send in with samples.
- For feed products in small packages, the inspector may obtain 1 to 3 packages as a sample
- For feed products other than "small package" products, the inspector may collect samples from ten (10) bags or containers. This sampling procedure may include inserting a test probe into each bag.
- The resulting holes are then patched by means of a State of Colorado Department of Agriculture Seal.
- These samples are bagged, identified, and sent to the ICS Biochem Laboratory for analysis.
- After completing the inspection, the inspector will compile a report with multiple copies that will need to be signed.
- Also, a review of product labels and manufacturers' registrations may be conducted.
- If a product is found to be non-registered, the inspector may collect information on the supplier of the feed to the inspected facility