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.

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.

General Feed Law & Feed Hygiene including traceability

Marketing, Labelling and Composition of Feeds Legislation

Feed Additives Legislation

Undesirable Substances Legislation

Animal Health Legislation

Medicated Feeds Legislation

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Legislation

Organic Production Legislation

Official Controls and Compliance Legislation

Food and Feed Law Guides

The Agriculture Act 1970 - Animal Feed

EU Animal Health Law

Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)


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