Feed Law Code of Practice

The Code of Practice sets out instructions and criteria to which local authorities - the feed authorities - should have regard when engaged in the enforcement of animal feed law. Feed authorities must follow and implement the provisions of the Code that apply to them.

New Feed Law Code of Practice for England

The changes to the Code in England include:
• a simplified animal feed law risk-rating scheme;
• making greater use of intelligence to inform the type and frequency of official control; and
• further reducing burdens on business by giving greater recognition to lower risk establishments who demonstrate satisfactory or broad levels of current compliance, with feed law.

Legal requirements

The Code of Practice has been issued under the Official Feed and Food Control Regulations 2006. These permit ministers to issue codes of practice in their capacity as competent authorities, under EC Regulation 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules. The Code of Practice, which has been developed with the help of stakeholders, takes account of EC animal feed law and EC Regulation 882/2004 and national implementing legislation, all of which were applicable from 1 January 2006.

Legislation and documents relevant to the Code can be found below. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant person:


Julie Benson
Food Standards Agency
Floors 6 & 7,
Clive House
70 Petty France,
London SW1H 9EX
tel: 020 7276 8202


Jonathan Davies
Food Standards Agency Wales
Asiantaeth Safonau Bwyd Cymru
tel: 02920 678905
email: lasupportwales@foodstandards.gsi.gov