National Enforcement Priorities for animal feed and food hygiene

We produce the National Enforcement Priorities (NEPs) for food and animal feed hygiene. These assist Local Authorities and businesses in maintaining standards and safeguarding public health.
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The National Enforcement Priorities are developed annually in consultation with

  • Local authority (LA) representatives
  • National trading Standards (NTS)
  • Regional Feed Leads
  • National Agriculture Panel (NAP) members
  • National Animal Feed at Ports Panel (NAFPP) members


Incorporating the NEPs into a programme of official controls helps drive compliance by Feed Business Operators (FeBOs) through enforcement.

The NEPS objectives are to:

  • maintain a level playing field for honest and diligent FeBOs in the interests of the feed industry 
  • reduce unnecessary burdens on business by focusing the activity of LAs on agreed areas of greatest threat to human and/or animal health
  • create a flexible and effective intelligence-led approach to interventions, while maintaining appropriate levels of monitoring of compliance across England and Wales
  • realise our strategic goal of ‘Food We Can Trust'
  • drive up the quality and consistency of official controls across England and Wales
  • safeguard animal and/or public health

Legislation and guidance to support local authorities to embed these priorities within their annual plan of official feed and food controls, can be found within the NEPs documents.