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Food and drink businesses – supplying into the animal feed chain

Requirements food and drink businesses that supply food products for use as animal feed must comply with.

Last updated: 31 December 2020
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Last updated: 31 December 2020
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Food and drink businesses that supply food products for use as animal feed must comply with the requirements of the Feed Hygiene Regulation 183/2005. This applies whether or not food products are supplied via a food processor or sent direct to farms.

Businesses providing food products for pet food are also covered by these requirements. Businesses must also apply a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system appropriate to the activities carried out.

These requirements are designed to protect the feed and food chains and ensure traceability of products. They include an obligation for businesses to be registered with the appropriate enforcement authority. These are:

  • Local Authority Trading Standards in England
  • the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland

Feed Hygiene Regulation guidance

This guidance applies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and to premises supplying material for animal feed use including

  • importers
  • manufacturers and processors
  • retailers
  • caterers

England, Northern Ireland and Wales


EU references in FSA guidance documents

The FSA is updating all EU references, to accurately reflect the law now in force, in all new or amended guidance published since the Transition Period ended at the end of 2020.  In some circumstance it may not always be practicable for us to have all EU references updated at the point we publish new or amended guidance. 

Other than in Northern Ireland, any references to EU Regulations in this guidance should be read as meaning retained EU law. You can access retained EU law via HM Government EU Exit Web Archive (Opens in a new window). This should be read alongside any EU Exit legislation that was made to ensure retained EU law operates correctly in a UK context. EU Exit legislation is on (Opens in a new window).  In Northern Ireland, EU law will continue to apply in respect to the majority of food and feed hygiene and safety law, as listed in the Northern Ireland Protocol (Opens in a new window), and retained EU law will not apply to Northern Ireland in these circumstances.