The Food Standards Agency 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.

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  • Agriculture: Guidance for businesses

    Guidance for farmers about keeping crops safe, including mycotoxins and managing farm manures

  • Animal feed

    Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and has implications for the composition and quality of the livestock products (milk, meat and eggs) that people consume. The Food Standards Agency is responsible for drawing up the rules on the composition and marketing of animal feed.

  • BSE and other Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies

    Cattle, sheep and goats are susceptible to a group of brain diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). The best known of these diseases is bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle, it is also known as BSE or mad cow disease.

  • Cleaner animals

    Hygiene standards for acceptable and unacceptable levels of cleanliness for cattle and sheep being presented for slaughter and benefits of good biosecurity on broiler farms.

  • Dairy products: Guidance for businesses

    Guidance on dairy products including milk and cheese for the dairy industry.

  • Food chain information

    The EU food hygiene legislation requires slaughterhouse operators to request, receive, check and act upon food chain information (FCI) for all animals sent for slaughter for human consumption.

  • Hygiene legislation advice for primary producers

    Your questions answered on how hygiene legislation affects you.

  • Meat and livestock guidance

    Guidance notes for meat and livestock regulations

  • Mycotoxins

    Mycotoxins are a group of naturally occurring chemicals produced by certain moulds. They can grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apple juice and coffee, often under warm and humid conditions.

  • Pesticides

    The FSA aims to ensure that food safety is given priority when pesticides are authorised and monitored by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD). We also ensure that the expert committees that give advice about pesticides take full account of the public's concerns about the safety of food.

  • The supply of wild game: a guide to food hygiene legislation

    The wild game guide provides information on the hygiene regulations for food businesses that supply wild game and for people who hunt wild game and supply it either in-fur or in-feather or as small quantities of wild game meat.

  • Veterinary medicines

    The Food Standards Agency ensures that food safety is given high priority during the authorisation and monitoring of veterinary medicines.