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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 is amended from time to time in response to various initiatives by the European Institutions, including the Commission, and individual Member States. This document will, therefore, be revised in the light of these amendments and is believed to be up-to-date at the time of writing.

This document outlines the scope of the animal feed legislation that applies to the manufacture, sale and supply of animal feed in the United Kingdom. It also provides a link to this legislation and relevant guidance notes. It has been drawn up with the assistance of the officials in the Food Standards Agency, Defra and its two agencies (AHPA and VMD). 

This document cannot cover every situation and it may be necessary for feed business operators to consider the legislation itself to see how it applies in their particular circumstances. However, this document should help companies understand their legal requirements.

The summary has been sub-divided into the main subject areas of feed legislation. Links to the relevant pieces of legislation are provided.

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.