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Animal feed

Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and has implications for the composition and quality of livestock products that people eat, such as milk, meat and eggs.

As many contagious diseases are passed through the food chain, regular inspections are required for both producers and users of animal feed and regulations are in place to ensure that animal feed is produced and used safely, and can be traced in the event of a food/feed safety incident.

Animal feed regulation

The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005 mean that businesses involved in the production, use, transportation, storage or marketing of animal feeds must be registered or approved by us or another appropriate agency

These businesses include:

  • livestock farms
  • arable farms growing crops for feed use
  • companies that transport or store animal feed 
  • food manufacturers selling by-products of food production into the feed chain
  • retailers and wholesalers of animal feed (excluding pet food)
  • pharmacists who supply mineral and vitamin supplements for animals.

Download Icon for pdf Approval and registration activities (PDF, 18.2kb)  for a more comprehensive list of activities to which the regulations apply.

How to register

If your business or activity falls into one of these categories and you are not already registered, you should download and complete Icon for pdf Feed Hygiene registration form (PDF, 226.2kb)  and return it to the address included on the form.

To be registered or approved by us you must meet specific requirements. These are detailed in the documents below:

Note: 'Primary production' means the production, rearing and growing of basic ingredients including harvesting, milking and farming animals prior to slaughter. It also includes hunting and fishing and the harvesting of wild products.

Contact us
Animal health
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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