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The Role of Legislation in Feed Quality

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EU wide legislation on animal feed applies to a wide range of animal feed businesses from primary production to placing animal feed on the market and feeding of food producing animals.

The key pieces of legislation include

  • 178/2002 on the principles of food and feed law

  • 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene

  • 767/2009 on placing on the market and use of feed

  • 1831/2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition

  • 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules

  • 152/2009 laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed

The European Food Safety Authority

Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 established the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA is a European Agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions. The agency produces independent scientific opinions and advice that form the basis for European policies and legislation. Their remit includes:

  • Feed and Food safety
  • Nutrition
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Plant protection
  • Plant health

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