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Register an animal feed business with the council and find further information on animal feed legislation.
What are animal feeding stuffs?
Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and has implications for the safety, composition and quality of the livestock products (milk, meat and eggs) that people consume. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for overseeing the regulation of the hygiene, composition and marketing of animal feed.
The rules mainly apply to feed for farmed livestock but also covers feed for what are called "non-food producing animals". This typically means animals kept in zoos, circuses and laboratories, creatures living freely in the wild, and pets. It does not include horses and rabbits, which since 1 September 2010 have been classified as food-producing animals.
How is animal feed controlled?
The Food Standards Agency FSA is responsible for improving food safety right through the food chain. This includes improving hygiene on the farm and ensuring that human health is not put at undue risk through what is fed to animals.
Feed Hygiene Regulations apply to all businesses that make, use or market animal feeds, including farms and transporters. The Food Service Team deal with matters under these regulations and the animal health team at the council deal with movement licensing, animal by-products and welfare issues.
Since 1 January 2006 new feed hygiene regulations came into place. These apply to all businesses that make, use or market animal feeds, including farms.
The animal feed business register is a public document that lists the registered and approved feed businesses in the East Riding.
What are the feed hygiene regulations and who is affected?
Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene is aimed at ensuring that controls throughout the feed chain are strengthened.
In particular, it contains:
The Regulation requires feed businesses to be approved by or registered with their local authority.
With few exceptions the legislation applies to all feed businesses, which are defined in Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, as "any undertaking, whether for profit or not and whether public or private, carrying out any operation of production, manufacture, processing, storage, transport or distribution of feed including any producer producing, processing or storing feed for feeding to animals on his own holding".
Examples of feed businesses include:
sellers of feed
storers of feed
food companies selling co-products or surplus food for use in feed
pet food manufacturers
livestock farms, fish farms or arable farms growing and using or selling crops for feed use
Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 requires feed businesses to be approved or registered with their local authority, as appropriate, and they must not operate without such registration / approval. See below how to apply for approval or registration.
There are some farm-related activities that fall outside of the scope of the legislation:
Information on how to export animal feed is covered in How do I request an Export Certificate or Official Certificate for Animal Feed?
Where can I get further information on animal feed?
If you have any queries regarding registration or approval contact:
Tel: (01482) 396301
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) website has guidance on the legislation for farming and feed businesses:
The council is committed to assisting feed businesses by providing links to industry guidance notes which can be viewed below:
For the law on the welfare of livestock, including transport, diseases, animal/pet feed and disposal:
For the requirements for the mixing of feeding stuffs, depending on the use of additives or premixtures:
For the legal requirements of transporting animal feeding stuffs:
For guidance on the hygiene of feed production, record keeping and traceability:
For the legal implications of making pet food at home, including the need for registration and approval:
For the law regarding the labelling of pet food:
If you unable to find the answer to your query in the guidance on this page please contact the Food Standards Team