National Enforcement Priorities for animal feed and food hygiene

Last updated:
5 December 2016
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 on the National Agriculture Panel (NAP) and National Animal Feed at Ports Panel (NAFPP).

Incorporating the NEPs into a programme of official controls helps:

  • Achieve a consistent and risk-based enforcement approach through improvements to LA systems and processes
  • Improve adherence to the Feed Law Code of Practice, Feed Law Practice Guidance and Framework Agreement on official feed and food controls
  • Establish and improve levels of compliance by Feed Business Operators (FeBOs) with feed law

With a view to:

  • A consistent, targeted and proportionate level of enforcement taking place across the UK
  • Safeguarding animal and public health and contributing to the FSA Strategic Outcome that Food is Safe
  • Maintaining a level playing field for honest and diligent FeBOs, which is in the interests of the industry as a whole
  • Reducing unnecessary burdens on business by focusing the activity of LAs on agreed priorities

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 document, 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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