Animal feed and feed hygiene
In 2005 feed hygiene legislation (EC Regulation 183/2005) was introduced to control feed safety standards throughout the animal feed supply chain. The law was extended to cover virtually all feed businesses.
If you run a feed business you must be registered or approved under feed hygiene law. Feed businesses include feed importers, manufacturers, sellers, transporters of feed (for example haulage companies), businesses storing feed, and food companies selling co-products for use as feed.
Feed business operators and farmers can only source and use feed from establishments that are registered and/or approved.
Find out how to apply to have your business registered or approved
If you were not registered or approved under the previous animal feed legislation (Directive 95/69/EEC) you need to implement a feed hygiene HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) System in your business. You will also need to meet the required standards, set out under Annex II Regulation 183/2005, covering your -
- facilities and equipment
- quality control
- record keeping
If you are a feed business we can provide you with guidance on animal feed law, setting up systems to achieve compliance, best practice and maintaining due diligence systems.
If you are unsure how to comply with animal feed and feed hygiene law in your business, contact us for guidance by completing the online form below. Alternatively contact us on 01482 300 300 or email email@example.com
Waste food and animal feed
There are strict controls on what food waste can and cannot be reused as animal feed. These laws are in place to prevent animal disease outbreaks such as foot and mouth disease and swine fever.
You cannot feed any kind of catering waste to farmed animals, including any pet animals that belong to a farmed species such as pet pigs, goats and poultry. Catering waste can be a major source of animal diseases such as foot and mouth.
Catering waste means all waste food, whether raw or cooked, including used cooking oils originating in restaurants, catering facilities and kitchens such as fish and chips shops, pizza/kebab shops, takeaways, school and hospital kitchens and household kitchens. This includes catering waste from vegetarian restaurants and kitchens.
In addition food waste from food factories and distribution warehouses that contains or has been in contact with animal by-products such as raw eggs, raw or cooked meat, fish products must not be fed to farmed animals.
Food waste from factories and wholesalers which is no longer intended for human consumption falls into four broad groups -
- processed by-products from things such as cereal/grain, oil seed/oil fruit, legume seed and sugar beet processing operations with by-products such as rice bran, sugar beet pulp and extracted soya bean.
If raw eggs, meat, fish and poultry, cooked meat, fish and poultry, or foods containing them as ingredients, are handled on the premises, there must be strict controls in place to make sure that the ‘non-meat’ products do not contain, and have not been in contact with raw eggs, meat, fish, and products.
- bakery products (such as bread, cakes, pastry and biscuits), pasta, chocolate, sweets and similar products such as breakfast cereals which cannot enter the food chain for whatever reason. This can be because of over baking, presentation or being underweight.
These products may possibly be fed to livestock if they contain ingredients such as rennet or melted fat, milk, milk products, flavourings, egg, honey, flavourings or gelatine of non- ruminant origin which have been incorporated into those products but which do not constitute the main characteristic ingredient. This is provided that they do not contain, and have not been in contact with raw eggs, meat, fish, and products or preparations derived from or incorporating meat or fish. Depending upon their ingredients and handling, they may be covered by the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005 and be subject to strictly controlled disposal methods.
- cooked meat, fish and poultry and foods containing them as ingredients including ready meals, cooked pies, pastries and sausage rolls, tinned meat and fish, dips with cooked meat, frankfurters and cocktail sausages, lard and goose fat other than catering waste, which are no longer intended for human consumption for commercial reasons or due to problems of manufacturing or packaging defects or other defects - You cannot feed any of these products to farmed animals. These products are covered by the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005 and be subject to strictly controlled disposal methods.
- raw or cooked meat, fish or poultry or products containing such ingredients which are no longer intended for human consumption. You cannot feed any of these products to farmed animals.
These products are covered by the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005 and be subject to strictly controlled disposal methods.
If your business produces any of the above foods please contact us for advice on their safe disposal.
Find out more about animal by-products and their regulations
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