The Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) was launched in 1998 and now accounts for well in excess of 95% of the commercially produced compound feed in the UK and Ireland. A merchants’ standard was added later to the scheme, and in total UFAS now has almost 1000 participating sites in the UK and Ireland.

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UFAS is based on HACCP principles, a system originally pioneered by space agency NASA, but now forming the bedrock of UK and EU Food and Feed legislation.   The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard ISO 17065. This means that the certification body is itself independently assessed every year to ensure that the standard is implemented and administered consistently and fairly. Partly as a result of this independence of inspection, local authorities now include participation in UFAS in their risk assessments of Feed businesses.

The scheme dovetails with the UK livestock assurance (Red Tractor Farm Assurance, Quality Meat Scotland) schemes which the major supermarkets make a requirement for the home-produced livestock products they buy.

Trade Assurance Checker

 Scheme Portals

UFAS Update

UFAS Update, Winter 2020 (Edition 15)

 

Resources

HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a system that was devised to identify, evaluate and control hazards that are significant for food safety.

Legislation and Guidance

Summaries and links are provided to EU and UK legislation, guidance and codes of practice controlling the animal feed industry.

DGSA Register

Management of Medicated Feedingstuffs Prescriptions (MFSps)

Defra Salmonella Feed Code of Practice