Farming Standards

Feed and food hygiene

The proper ingredients, mixing and storage of animal feed is vital. This is not just to protect animals from eating and possibly getting sick from contaminated food, but also to ensure potentially dangerous illnesses and toxins do not enter the human food chain.

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards monitors and inspects the production, transportation and storage of animal feed in the two counties, ensuring feed hygiene is maintained and that hazards which could compromise feed safety are eliminated or minimised.

Feed manufacturers and storage registration

Manufacturers and sellers of feed materials, compound feed manufacturers, feed haulage companies, feed stores and feed merchants in Devon, Somerset and Torbay must be registered (it is free to apply). This is likely to include farmers, feed hauliers and fish farm operators.

If you need to register, please download the following form and return it to us (either by post, or scanned and e-mailed) or click on the link to fill in the online version:

Feed Hygiene Registration Form:
PDF Version
Online Version

Check your feed hygiene registration

If you need to check your Feed Hygiene Registration, you can do so by clicking here.

Feed and food hygiene visits

We regularly visit premises where animal feed is mixed and stored to check the systems that are in place, as well as to advise on best practice.

If you receive a letter to notify you that an officer will be visiting your premises to carry out a Feed & Food Hygiene Visit, this may sound scary, but it isn’t. Trading Standards is required to carry out a risk based programme of audits to inspect and give guidance on the following:

  • Feed hygiene issues and storage
  • Mixing equipment
  • Livestock and tagging
  • Storage of bovine passports where applicable
  • Livestock records
  • Medicine records & storage
  • On farm bio-security
  • Proper disposal of fallen stock
  • Trailers or other vehicles used to transport livestock, including any animal transport certificates, compliance with current legislation and cleanliness

On occasions we may also sample home-produced feedstuffs or crops, which are taken for analysis at no charge to the business. These are analysed for a range of mycotoxins (toxins produced by funguses), heavy metals or other potential contaminants that could adversely affect your livestock and may be present in the feed. If this is the case we can offer advice to enable you to take remedial action.

Sometimes we will take samples of other materials, for example water. Again should any problems be discovered, we can advise you on how to take action.

The aim of the inspection is to monitor compliance with the Feed Hygiene Regulations and where necessary to provide information and advice to feed business operators. You will also be sent a certificate for any samples taken once the analysis has been completed.

This is also a good opportunity to discuss with the visiting officer any queries you may have with relevant legislation.

A good example of feed storage

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Feed storage in a dedicated, clean, well constructed building, which avoids sources of contamination such as pests, vermin, birds, pets or moisture.

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It is important that all equipment used is cleaned regularly and ideally only used for the feed.