Feed Law Code of Practice

The Code of Practice sets out instructions and criteria to which local authorities – the feed authorities – should have regard when engaged in the enforcement of animal feed law. Feed authorities must follow and implement the provisions of the Code that apply to them. The new Code for England was published in May 2014.

New Feed Law Code of Practice for England

The changes to the England Code include a greater use of competence-based criteria for the authorisation of officials, an increased use of earned recognition for compliant feed businesses and the introduction of country specific codes. The Code was approved by the Minister in April 2014 and laid before Parliament on the 6 May 2014. Changes will also be introduced in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Legal requirements

The Code of Practice has been issued under the Official Feed and Food Control Regulations 2006. These permit ministers to issue codes of practice in their capacity as competent authorities, under EC Regulation 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules. The Code of Practice, which has been developed with the help of stakeholders, takes account of EC animal feed law and EC Regulation 882/2004 and national implementing legislation, all of which were applicable from 1 January 2006.

Legislation and documents relevant to the Code can be found below. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant person:


Sharon Nandhra
Food Standards Agency
Room 3C, Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6NH
tel: 020 7276 8469
email: sharon.nandhra@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk


Vicki Reilly
Food Standards Agency Wales
Agriculture Branch
Asiantaeth Safonau Bwyd Cymru
tel: 029 20678952
email: vicki.reilly@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk


Jacqui Angus
Local Authority Food Law Enforcement Branch
Food Standards Agency Scotland
6th Floor St. Magnus House
25 Guild Street
AB11 6NJ
tel: 01224 285175
email: jacqui.angus@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Simon Craig
Animal Food Chain & Novel Foods Branch
Food Standards Agency Scotland
6th Floor St. Magnus House
25 Guild Street
AB11 6NJ
tel: 01224 285138
email: simon.craig@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk