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.

The Agency's main aims in this area are to help protect consumer and animal health. Another aim is to ensure that those buying the feed are provided with sufficient information to allow them to make informed choices.

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  • Animal feed legislation and guidance

    Legislation on animal feed is harmonised at European Union (EU) level. It applies principally to feed for farmed livestock, but also covers feed for horses, pets, farmed fish, zoo and circus animals, and creatures living freely in the wild.

  • Feed premises register

    Under the EU Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005), there is a system for the approval and registration of feed business establishments (premises) that manufacture, market, distribute or use animal feeds, including feed additives.

  • GM material in animal feed

    Guidance on the assessment and authorisation of GM varieties for use in animal feed. Information on the source and quantities of GMOs imported for use in feed.

  • Improvements to local authority delivery of official animal feed controls

    In November 2012, the FSA Board agreed to the recommendation that the FSA should make improvements to the current local authority delivery system. This open Board meeting decision followed the completion of a review of official animal feed controls. To implement the improvements, the Feed Review Implementation Programme has been created, and outcomes are due for delivery by April 2014.

  • What farm animals eat

    Animal feeding practices have developed over time, and have generally been validated by their use.