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The Food Standards Agency 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.

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Mycotoxins are a group of naturally occurring chemicals produced by certain moulds. They can grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apple juice and coffee, often under warm and humid conditions.

The supply of wild game: a guide to food hygiene legislation

The wild game guide provides information on the hygiene regulations for food businesses that supply wild game for human consumption, and for people who hunt wild game and supply it either in-fur or in-feather or as small quantities of wild game meat.

Cleaner animals: cattle, sheep and poultry

If you present cattle and sheep for slaughter, you must to ensure the animals meet acceptable levels of cleanliness. If you manage a broiler farm, make sure you have good biosecurity. It's essential to protect your birds.

Food chain information

The EU food hygiene legislation requires slaughterhouse operators to request, receive, check and act upon food chain information (FCI) for all animals sent for slaughter for human consumption.


The FSA aims to ensure that food safety is given priority when pesticides are authorised and monitored by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD). We also ensure that the expert committees that give advice about pesticides take full account of the public's concerns about the safety of food.

Animal feed

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.

Veterinary medicines

The Food Standards Agency ensures that food safety is given high priority during the authorisation and monitoring of veterinary medicines.