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.
The Agency's main aims in this area are to help protect consumer and animal health. Another aim is to ensure that those buying the feed are provided with sufficient information to allow them to make informed choices.
The UK has about 200,000 animal feed businesses involved in importing, producing, handling, storing and distributing animal feed. This industry is worth about £4.4bn to the economy. Information is available about official controls (these include inspections of businesses) and how being a compliant member of an FSA approved assurance scheme means a reduced frequency of inspection.
Legislation on animal feed is harmonised at European Union (EU) level. It applies principally to feed for farmed livestock, but also covers feed for horses, pets, farmed fish, zoo and circus animals, and creatures living freely in the wild.
Under the EU Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005), there is a system for the registration or approval of business establishments (premises) that manufacture, market, distribute or use animal feeds, including feed additives.