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Animal health and welfare


Animal feed

Many contagious diseases are passed to livestock through the food chain. To prevent this, our Trading Standards’ Animal Health Inspectors:

  • carry out regular inspections of both producers and users of animal foodstuffs
  • enforce animal feedstuffs legislation

Current EC regulations relating to animal foodstuffs came into force on 1 January 2006 and were fully implemented in England on 1 January 2008.

What businesses must do

Businesses involved in the production, use, transportation, storage or marketing of animal feeds must be registered with Trading Standards and must comply with animal feed regulations. If your business is involved in animal foodstuffs, you need to:

  1. Register with or be approved by an appropriate agency, and
  2. Submit a statement of compliance.

Apply for registration or approval

A complete list of businesses that must register or be approved can be downloaded below. They include:

  • livestock farms
  • arable farms growing crops for feed use
  • companies that transport or store animal feed
  • food manufacturers selling by-products of food production into the feed chain
  • retailers and wholesalers of animal feed (excluding pet food)
  • pharmacists who supply mineral and vitamin supplements for animals.

To be registered or approved by Trading Standards, businesses must meet specific requirements in Feed Hygiene Regulation 183/2005.

Note: ‘Primary production’ means the production, rearing and growing of basic ingredients including harvesting, milking and farming animals prior to slaughter. It also includes hunting and fishing and the harvesting of wild products.

  1. Annex 1 Standards Applicable at the Level of Primary Production
  2. Annex 2 Standards Applicable to Non-primary Production
  3. Annex 3 Good Animal Feeding Practice
  4. Complete list of activities requiring registration or approval

If you are not already registered, you should complete the registration form below and send it to Trading Standards without delay.

Statement of compliance

Businesses involved in animal foodstuffs are also required to submit a statement of compliance to Trading Standards, stating that they comply with the Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005).

This regulation specifies standards for facilities, storage, personnel and record-keeping. It applies to all businesses in the feed chain, including food manufacturers selling by-products of food production into the feed chain and all livestock and some arable farmers.

If you have not already done so, please complete the statement of compliance form below and send it to Trading Standards.

  • Statement of compliance form

Feeding swill to farm animals

Feeding catering waste as swill to farm animals is allowed only under tightly controlled circumstances. See the national guidance on supplying and using animal by-products as farm animal feed.

Further Information

Business Companion – Animals and Agriculture

Please contact our duty team if you have any questions about registering your animal feed business.