Animal Feed Legislation and Guidance
Legislation on animal feed is harmonised at European Union (EU) level. It applies to feed for food-producing animals, including farmed fish, and also to feed for non-food producing animals, including pets, zoo and circus animals and creatures living freely in the wild. Horses and rabbits are classed as food-producing animals. The legislation applies to the manufacture, sale and supply of animal feed in the United Kingdom and is divided according to the main set of regulations. Links to relevant pieces of legislation are provided.
Sub-headings to specific items are provided below for ease of reference.
The information provided cannot cover every situation; however it should help companies understand their legal requirements.
- Brexit and the Feed Sector
- General Feed Law & Feed Hygiene, including traceability
- Defra/FSA Code of Practice for the control of salmonella in animal feed
- European Food Safety Authority
- Rapid Alert for Food and Feed (RASFF)
- Third country representation for animal feed businesses
- Marketing, Labelling & Composition of Feeds
- EU Code of good labelling practice for compound feed for food producing animals
- Catalogue of Feed Materials
- Register of Feed Materials
- Feed Additives
- Undesirable Substances
- Controls & Compliance
- Importing high risk foods and feeds - includes guidance on what happens in the event of a no deal Brexit.
- Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) for the UK:- https://fsa.riams.org/communications/shared-files/4004?token=JsZ8rp4Mh1mO8Oia93LCe6tu3f82VLEO
- National Enforcement Priorities
- Medicated Feeds
- Animal Health
- Organic Production
- Food and Feed Law Guides
- Circular Economy and action to reduce food waste
- Guidelines for the feed use of food no longer intended for human consumption
- Final Circular Economy Package - European Commission Report on the Implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan
- The Agriculture Act 1970
- European Communities Act 1972
- Miscellaneous Legislation and Guidance
- EU Animal Health Law
- Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)
- CLP, GHS and ADR
- EU Commission – Animal Feed Website
- Heat, energy boilers and generators
AIC has provided the following summary of legislation and guidance for the feed sector in good faith. However, as this is only a summary, members should consult the legislation per se and / or consider obtaining legal advice prior to acting to avoid any reliance upon it and if more detailed information is required. AIC cannot accept any liability for any errors in this document or for the content on any websites to which hyperlinks have been provided.