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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.