Find out more about the labelling requirements for pet foods and other animal feed. Farms and other feed businesses can also find out how to register with the council and find further information on the requirements under feed hygiene legislation.
Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and has implications for the composition and quality of the livestock products (milk, meat and eggs) that people consume. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for drawing up the rules on the composition and marketing of animal feed.
The rules mainly apply to feed for farmed livestock but also covers feed for what are called "non-food producing animals". This typically means animals kept in zoos, circuses and laboratories, creatures living freely in the wild, and pets. It does not include horses and rabbits, which since 1 September 2010 have been classified as food-producing animals.
The FSA is responsible for improving food safety right through the food chain. This includes improving hygiene on the farm and ensuring that human health is not put at undue risk through what is fed to animals.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for improving food safety right through the food chain. This includes feed given to animals intended for the food chain.
Since 1 January 2006 new feed hygiene legislation came into place. These apply to all businesses that make, use or market animal feeds, including farms.
This includes hygiene on the farm and making sure that human health is not put at risk through what is fed to animals.
Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and the composition and quality of the livestock products (milk, meat and eggs) that people consume.
The FSA helps create the rules on animal feed. The animal health team at the council deal with movement licensing, animal by-products and welfare issues.
They contain various conditions which feed businesses must comply with, as appropriate.
These are split into three parts, as follows:
This covers provisions applicable to businesses involved in primary production (for example, farms).
It includes general hygiene and record-keeping requirements.
This applies to businesses operating other than at the level of primary production.
It contains standards similar to those that currently apply to those premises previously approved or registered under The Feeding Stuffs (Establishment and Intermediaries) Regulations 1999.
These relate to facilities, personnel, quality control, storage and transport and record-keeping.
This section relates to good animal feeding practices for food-producing animals.
It includes the requirements for stable and feeding equipment, storage of feed, distribution, feed and water and personnel.
Please note: The above is only a brief outline of the requirements and intended to provide basic guidance. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. For further assistance with this or any other food standards matter please contact the food standards team, as shown below.
Since 1 January 2006, feed hygiene legislation has applied to farmers, growers and other producers, in many cases for the first time, as part of the 'farm to fork' approach to food safety.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has created a question and answer section on their website for primary producers on the legislation:
Food Services Agency - Frequently Asked Questions (external website)
Retailers that only sell pet food are not affected by this legislation.
The aim of the legislation is to complete the 'farm to fork' approach of food law so that the whole of the food chain is covered by hygiene legislation.
Feed business operators need to register with the council and will be issued with a registration number.
You will need to complete one of the following registration forms below
Feed Registration form for Manufacturers (pdf 112kb opens in new window)
Feed Registration Form for Farms (pdf 87kb opens in new window)
The appropriate form then needs to be sent to the following address:
Food Standards TeamCouncil OfficesChurch StreetGooleEast Riding of YorkshireDN14 5BG
If you are not registered please contact by:
Telephone: (01482) 396301
For the law on the welfare of livestock, including transport, diseases, animal / pet feed and disposal:
Business companion - Animals and agriculture quick guide (external website)
For the requirements for the mixing of feeding stuffs, depending on the use of additives or premixtures:
Business companion - Mixing feed on-farm (external website)
For the legal requirements of transporting animal feedingstuffs:
Business companion - Feed hygiene for transporters & haulier (external website)
For guidance on the hygiene of feed production, record keeping and traceability:
Business companion - Feed hygiene for farmers & grower (external website)
For the legal implications of making pet food at home, including the need for registration and approval:
Business companion - Manufacturing your own pet food (external website)
For the law regarding the labelling of pet food:
Business companion - The retail sale of pet food (external website)
For advice on feed hygiene legislation:
Animal feed regulations guidance note (pdf 318kb opens in new window)
For a guide to HACCP for feed businesses:
HACCP feed guidance note (pdf 216kb opens in new window)
If you are a newly registered food business (registered within the previous year) and are unable to find the answer to your query in the guidance on this page please contact the Food Standards Team: