National Enforcement Priorities for animal feed and food hygiene

Last updated:
27 November 2017
The Food Standards Agency’s National Enforcement Priorities (NEPs) for animal feed and for food hygiene at the level of primary production are developed annually in consultation with local authority (LA) representatives; NTS; Regional Feed Leads; the National Agriculture Panel (NAP) and National Animal Feed at Ports Panel (NAFPP) members.

Incorporating the NEPs into a programme of official controls helps drive up sustained improvements in levels of compliance by Feed Business Operators (FeBOs) through intelligence led enforcement with a view to:

  • Maintaining a level playing field for honest and diligent FeBOs, which is in the interests of the feed industry as a whole
  • Reducing unnecessary burdens on business by focusing the activity of LAs on agreed areas of greatest threat to the human and/or animal health
  • Creating a flexible and effective intelligence-led approach to interventions, while maintaining appropriate levels of monitoring of compliance across England and Wales
  • Realising the FSA’s strategic goal of ‘Food We Can Trust’ 
  • Driving up the quality and consistency of official controls across England and Wales; and
  • Safeguarding animal and/or public health

Legislation and guidance to support local authorities embed the priorities within their annual plan of official feed and food controls can be found within the NEPs documents, available to download below. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant contact for England and Wales listed below:


Mark Davis
Food Standards Agency
Aviation House, 125 Kingsway
London WC2B 6NH
tel: 020 7276 8202

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Jonathan Davies
Food Standards Agency Wales
Asiantaeth Safonau Bwyd Cymru
tel: 02920 678905

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