These regulations provide a legislative framework for food and feed businesses and applies to the stages of production, processing and distribution of food and feed.
Related information includes the Defra/FSA Salmonella Code of Practice for Salmonella in animal feed, HACCP information, third country representation for animal feed business, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Rapid Alert for Food and Feed (RASFF).
UK REACH is the government’s regulatory tool for achieving the UK’s high levels of environmental protection, ensuring that companies which put chemicals on the market understand and manage the risks they might pose.
The agricultural supply industry and farming unions partnership is committed to delivering substantial ammonia emissions reductions from the use of both solid and liquid fertilisers containing urea from April 2023 in lieu of regulation.
The TSE Regulation and the Animal By-Product (ABP) Regulations controls the use of animal proteins in feed for food-producing animals. Defra/ the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have produced detailed guidance notes on both the TSE and ABP Regulations.
Amendments to the EU legislation permitting the feeding of pig-processed animal protein to poultry and poultry-processed animal protein to pigs, along with ruminant gelatine, collagen, and protein derived from insects to pigs and poultry apply in Northern Ireland but not in Great Britain.
Whilst there is no requirement to implement this regulation, which came into force on 21 April 2021, in Great Britain, there are some legislative changes that the Government have made in order to enable ongoing trade with the EU as a Third Country. This includes the requirement that all terrestrial diseases listed under the EU Animal Health Regulation are notifiable in third countries exporting live animals to the EU.
Please note that the guidance listed applies to England. However, and where appropriate, there are links to the controls applying to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in these different sets of guidance documents.
The purpose of this Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles within scope of the controls.
The Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) were amended in 2018 to implement the requirements of the ‘Medium Combustion Plant’ (MCP) Directive and additional controls on ‘Specified Generators’.
In July 2020, Defra and the Devolved Administrations issued a joint Circular Economy Package policy statement confirming the UK’s commitment to a more circular economy which will see the UK keeping resources in use as long as possible, extracting maximum value from them, minimizing waste and promoting resource efficiency.
These Regulations establish criteria for evaluating the potential risks, harmonised procedures for risk assessment and authorisation, provisions for the labelling of feed consisting of and containing GMOs and produced from GMOs as well as the traceability and labelling of GMOs and the traceability of food and feed products produced from them.
Related information includes the GM Food and Feed – Notification of Existing Products and links to both the GB and EU list of authorised GMO’s.
The Regulation provides the framework for the authorisation of feed additives requiring a scientific evaluation demonstrating that the additive has no harmful effects, on human and animal health and on the environment. Related information includes both the EU and GB Registers of Feed Additives.