Export of unauthorised feed additives

Last updated:
20 April 2012
Additives that have not been authorised in accordance with EC Regulation 1831/2003 on feed additives may be exported to third countries (countries outside the EU) only if certain requirements are observed.

Article 12 of EC Regulation 178/2002 on the principles of food law (which includes feed law) sets out the conditions for the export of feed from the EU. Feed additives or feeds containing such additives (including premixtures) can only be exported to third countries if they comply with the legislation of the importing third countries or are expressly permitted by third country competent authorities. This also applies to the re-export of imported substances.

In addition, where unauthorised additives or feed containing such additives are exported to third countries via other Member States, it is necessary for the competent authorities of the Member States to be informed. This permits member states to carry out checks to help ensure that such substances are exported to third countries and are not diverted into the feed chain in the EU. This is in line with Article 34 of EC Regulation 882/2004 on official controls.

Action by feed businesses

Feed businesses that export feed additives or feeds containing such additives (including premixtures) to third countries should:

a) confirm that prior to the export of any unauthorised additives, such additives are permitted by the importing third country according to its legislation or are otherwise permitted by the third country competent authority. A record of such confirmations should be retained by the exporting feed business, in order that UK enforcement authorities can check that the necessary confirmations have been received.

b) where unauthorised additives are exported via other member states, notify the Food Standards Agency.

The details to be notified are:

  • name and type of product - including details of the unauthorised additive(s)
  • batch number
  • quantity
  • date of despatch
  • point of exit from the UK
  • third country of destination
  • details of the receiving third country establishment (business name, contact name, address, telephone number, email address)
  • point of entry in the intermediary member state(s) and the third country
  • the name of the intermediary member state(s)
  • details of the establishments in member states that may be acting as intermediaries (business name, contact name, address, telephone number, email address, approval or registration number).

These details should be notified to:

Animal Feed Branch
Food Standards Agency
Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH
Telephone: 020 7276 8471
Email: feeddelivery@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate should be contacted regarding the export of unauthorised specified feed additives (e.g. coccidiostats and histomonostats):

Annie Green
Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Woodham Lane
New Haw
Surrey KT15 3LS
Email: a.green@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk

In Northern Ireland, the contact for all exports of unauthorised feed additives is the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development:

Gerard Higgins
Quality Assurance Branch
Dundonald House
Telephone: 02890 525001
Email: gerard.higgins@dardni.gsi.gov.uk