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This guidance is for England
EU Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene is aimed at ensuring that controls throughout the feed chain are strengthened. In particular, it contains:
The Regulation requires feed businesses to be approved or registered with their local authority.
With few exceptions the legislation applies to all feed businesses, which are defined in EU Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety as: 'any undertaking whether for profit or not and whether public or private, carrying out any operation of production, manufacture, processing, storage, transport or distribution of feed including any producer producing, processing or storing feed for feeding to animals on his own holding'.
A business that transports feed is a 'feed business' for the purposes of EU Regulation (EC) No 183/2005.
Feed in this context is defined in EU Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 as: 'any substance or product, including additives, whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed, intended to be used for oral feeding to animals'. For example, this includes feed materials, compound feeds, feed additives and premixtures.
EU Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene requires feed businesses to be approved or registered with their local authority, as appropriate, and they must not operate without such registration / approval. See the Food Standards Agency website for how to apply for approval or registration and see below for exemptions. Transporters and hauliers of feed will generally require registration rather than approval.
There are some farm-related activities that fall outside the scope of the legislation. For further information on these activities please see 'Feed hygiene for farmers & growers'.
In terms of the transport or haulage of feed there are no exemptions, although different provisions of the legislation may apply dependent upon the associated operations - see 'Conditions for transporters & hauliers' below.
It should also be remembered that if a feed business is registered or approved in accordance with EU Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 for a particular activity then that activity may cover the feed business for the transport of feed and feed products. For example, a manufacturer of compound feeding stuffs registered under activity 'R4' would not need to additionally register under 'R8' as a transporter of feed and feed products as this activity would be covered by the scope of the registration relating to the manufacturer's premises. For further information on approval and registration activities please refer to the FSA link above.
The annexes to EU Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 (please scroll down the linked web page to see the annexes) set out various standards that feed businesses must comply with, including those that are carrying out the activity of transporting feed.
For transport and haulage operations involved at the level of primary production of feed and the following associated operations, the provisions of annex I apply:
Primary production in this context, as defined in EU Regulation (EC) No 183/2005, means: 'the production of agricultural products, including in particular growing, harvesting, milking, rearing of animals (prior to their slaughter) or fishing resulting exclusively in products which do not undergo any other operation following their harvest, collection or capture, apart from simple physical treatment'.
Feed transporters or hauliers conducting activities not outlined above must comply with the provisions of annex II.
Annex II covers, for example, facilities and equipment, personnel, transport and storage, and record-keeping. Businesses carrying out operations subject to annex II also need to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent written procedure or procedures based on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles (feed businesses subject to annex I requirements must have regard to the HACCP principles but do not need to document this procedure).
HACCP is a system of safety management based on the prevention of feed and food safety problems. It provides a documented, structured approach to ensuring feed and food safety and places a requirement on businesses to identify, manage and control hazards inherent in the handling and production process.
The Agricultural Industries Confederation has produced a practical guide to the application of the HACCP principles, which is designed for use both by businesses for whom HACCP may be a completely new concept and also for those with prior experience of it.
In Great Britain local authorities, usually the trading standards service, are responsible for the verification of compliance with feed law (known as 'official controls') in feed businesses.
Trade assurance schemes exist, alongside official controls, within the feed industry with the aim of providing participant businesses with a level of assurance that meets legal and common industry requirements.
'Earned recognition' is described as a reduction in the frequency at which official controls are delivered and takes account of compliance history, risk and/or individual steps a business takes to ensure compliance. As such, feed businesses that demonstrably maintain high standards of feed safety by taking appropriate steps to comply with the law may have these standards recognised by local authorities when determining the frequency of their official controls (that is, the number of inspections) and therefore earn recognition.
One way of achieving earned recognition is to be a member of an approved trade assurance scheme; more details can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
Earned recognition is also available to feed business operators that are not members of an approved assurance scheme but are found to be compliant with feed law and have a good history of complying with feed law requirements.
Failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence. The maximum penalty is a fine and two years' imprisonment.
Last reviewed / updated: June 2017
This information is intended for guidance; only the courts can give an authoritative interpretation of the law.
The guide's 'Key legislation' links may only show the original version of the legislation, although some amending legislation is linked to separately where it is directly related to the content of a guide. Information on amendments to UK legislation can be found on each link's 'More Resources' tab; amendments to EU legislation are usually incorporated into the text.