Feed materials imported into the UK can include some genetically modified (GM) or GM-derived ingredients. Further details about the presence of GM material in animal feed can be found on the Agency’s website.
A background note for consumers who may be interested in what is fed to farmed livestock is available. This note summarises the categories of the most commonly used feeds and the typical diets of the main livestock species farmed in the UK (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and fish).
The Agency consults with stakeholders while measures are under discussion at the European Commission and subsequently when providing for these measures in national law. A list of all the feed-related legislation for which the Agency is responsible, showing which EU measures they implement or enforce, can be found at the links below.
The Agency is advised by the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF), an independent body that provides advice on the safety and use of animal feeds and feeding practices, with particular emphasis on the protection of human health. More information about the committee and its work can be found on the ACAF website.
Through its Food and Veterinary Office, the European Commission carries out inspections in member states to ensure that legislation is being correctly enforced. These inspections can include feed legislation.