Businesses that make, market or use animal feed need to be registered and approved as animal feed businesses.
The following businesses are affected by animal feed legislation:
manufacturers of compound feeds
manufacturers of feed materials, feed additives and pre-mixtures
companies transporting animal feed
companies storing feed
companies distributing compound feed
food businesses supplying surplus food for use as feed
arable farms, growing, using or selling crops for feed use
producers of animal feed for wild creates (including wild game) which is intended for human consumption
food and non-food businesses selling co-products which are destined as feed materials
Registration and approval of feed businesses
For registration and/or approval you will need to make an application to the local authority trading standards office (TSO) responsible for the area in which your feed establishment operates - you can find your TSO online.
Activities requiring registration
For registration, there are no fees.
|Code (R = Registration)||Activity description|
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of feed additives - other than those subject to approval
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of pre-mixtures - other than those subject to approval
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of bioproteins not subject to approval
Manufacture of compound feedingstuffs - other than those subject to approval
Placing on the market of compound feeds
Manufacture of pet foods
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of feed materials
Transport of feed and feed products
Storage of feed and feed products
Food and non-food businesses selling co-products which are destined as feed materials
|Code (R = Registration)||Activity description|
Mixing feed on farm, with additives and pre-mixtures
Mixing feed on farm, with compound feeding stuffs which contain additives
Livestock farms - including fish farms - which do not mix feeds or mix feeds without additives
Arable farms growing or selling crops for feed
Activities requiring approval
For approval, there is a fee for establishments applying for approval for the first time, and for an amendment to an existing approval.
The provisions on approval fees for England are set out in Animal Feed (Hygiene, Sampling and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2015. There are corresponding regulations for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Code (A = Approval)
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of nutritional additives
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of zootechnical additives, this includes - digestibility enhancers, gut flora stabilisers and substances which favourably affect the environment
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of antioxidant additives with a maximum content in feeds specified in Regulation 1831/2003
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of colorant additives - carotenoids and xanthophylls
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of proteins obtained from micro-organisms belonging to groups of bacteria, yeast, algae and lower fungi
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of co-products of the manufacture of amino acids by fermentation
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of premixtures containing vitamins A and D
Manufacture and/or placing on the market of premixtures containing copper and selenium
|A9 and A10||
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) approves premises that market, manufacture or use specified feed additives. This includes coccidiostats, histomonostats and non-antibiotic growth promoters
|Code (A = Approval)||Activity description|
|A11||Manufacturing and placing on the market, for feed use, products derived from vegetable oils and blended fats|
Activities not requiring registration and approval
There are some activities outside the scope of the Feed Hygiene Regulation, which are not required to be registered as animal feed businesses.
- private domestic production of feed for food-producing animals kept for private domestic production and for animals not kept for food production
- feeding of food-producing animals kept for private domestic consumption
- feeding of animals not kept for food production
- direct supply of small quantities of primary production of feed at local level by a producer to local farms for use on those farms
- retailing of pet food
the direct supply, by the producer, of small quantities of primary products to the final consumer or to local retail establishments directly supplying the final. Regulation 183/2005 does not define 'small quantities'.
For further bespoke enquiries related to your business you should contact your local Trading Standards Department.
An explanation of codes, activities and guidance notes for Regulation 183/2005 are detailed within animal feed legislation information.
Feed premises list