WSR 99-12-101

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed June 2, 1999, 8:07 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules relating to commercial feeds, chapter 16-200 WAC. We are proposing to adopt feed labeling requirements that are consistent with the model regulations adopted by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.53.9012 Administration and administrative rules. (1) "The department...may adopt rules necessary to carry out its purpose. In adoption such rules... (2) The director when adopting rules in respect to the feed industry shall consult with affected parties, such as manufacturers and distributors..."

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To better inform customers of the purpose of the commercial feed and to identify the animal species and the use for which the feed is intended. Additionally, to provide the customer of commercial feed, other than customer-formula feed, pet food and specialty pet food, additional information by establishing expanded feed labeling requirements. When adopted, the proposed changes will accomplish providing more information on most feed labels and provide uniformity with model feed regulations adopted by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The proposed revisions will not be regulated by any other agencies.

Process for Developing New Rule: WSDA representatives will meet and work with Feed Advisory Committee and other stakeholders.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. For additional information and/or to make comments please contact Ali Kashani, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division, P.O. Box 42589, Olympia, WA 98504-2589, phone (360) 902-2028, fax (360) 902-2093. Comments must be received before August 20, 1999, for consideration.

June 2, 1999

Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office