Feed and food hygiene
Helping to maintain the safety and integrity of the feed and food chain from farm to fork is a vital part of our work. We do this through a programme of inspections as well as monitoring and surveillance of products sold within the two counties which help protect both animals being bred for food and humans alike from harm.
Feed hygiene registration
The Animal Feed Regulations 2015 require feed and some food businesses to register with Trading Standards if they carry out certain activities. If your business carries out any of the following then it is likely that the legislation applies to you and you should be registered:
- manufacturing animal feeds
- marketing animal feeds
- importing animal feeds
- storing animal feeds
- transporting animal feeds and grain
- selling co-products of the food industry as feeds
- carrying out on-farm mixing
- feeding food-producing animals (livestock)
- growing crops to be used as animal feeds
- carrying out other controlled activities.
How to apply for registration
After submitting your completed application form you will receive confirmation of your unique registration number by post. This must be retained with your business records for future reference.
See ‘Further information’ below for leaflets explaining the importance of feed hygiene enforcement and giving details of feed hygiene case studies from around the country.
Feed and food hygiene visits
The frequency of inspections is based on risk to the feed and food chain as set out in the feed law code of practice. Generally you’ll be contacted in advance to arrange a convenient date and time for the inspection to take place, though we are able to carry out unannounced ones as well.
The inspection is aimed at checking that your business has adequate systems in place to ensure that any hazards which may affect the safety of the feed chain are minimised. Areas that we may look at include but are not limited to:
- storage of feed
- cleanliness of mixing equipment
- livestock tagging and records
- medicine records and storage
- on farm bio-security
- proper disposal of fallen stock
- trailers or other vehicles used to transport livestock, including any animal transport certificates and cleanliness.
We will aim to advise on best practice in order to help you improve your systems where necessary.
As part of our monitoring and surveillance we may also sample home-produced feedstuffs, which are taken for analysis at no charge to the business. These are analysed for a range of mycotoxins, heavy metals or other potential contaminants that may be present in the feed and could adversely affect your livestock. You will receive a copy of the certificate of analysis. If they come back unsatisfactory we will offer advice to enable you to take remedial action.
The aim of the inspection is to monitor compliance with the Animal Feed Regulations and where necessary to provide information and advice to feed business operators.
This is also a good opportunity to discuss with the visiting officer any queries you may have with relevant legislation.