Following EU Exit, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provides that, from 1 January 2021, certain directly applicable EU legislation will be converted into UK law. This legislation 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 majority of the legislation outlined in this section 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 and guidance are provided.

There is also a section on “EU Legislation – post 2020” that might be of interest to the UK animal feed industry. This may be of particular interest to those exporting feeds to the EU and also to feed businesses operating in or trading with Northern Ireland.

The information provided cannot cover every situation; however it should help companies understand their legal requirements. 


AIC has provided the following summary of legislation and guidance 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.


EU Animal Health Law

Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)


Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Legislation

Circular Economy and former foodstuffs

Feed Additives Legislation

EU Legislation – post 2020

Agriculture Act 1970

Medicated Feeds Legislation

Organic Production Legislation

Official Controls and Compliance Legislation

Undesirable Substances Legislation

Animal Health Legislation

Marketing, Labelling and Composition of Feeds Legislation

General Feed Law & Feed Hygiene including traceability

Members only

The Application of HACCP Principles

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