The production of animal feed is one of the most important sectors of activity in agriculture. Approximately 120 million tonnes of feedingstuffs are annually produced in the EU. Initially, the rules on animal feed from the 1970's put the emphasis on furthering productivity of livestock farming, facilitating the free circulation of feedingstuffs in the internal market and providing information to the stock breeders on feedingstuffs' characteristics. Today, emphasis has shifted more towards the protection of human and animal health, and to some extent to environmental protection.
Community legislation on Animal Feed includes:
- Rules on marketing and labelling of feed materials, of compound feedingstuffs, of feedingstuffs intended for particular nutritional purposes, of bioproteins and of genetically modified feed
- Rules on authorisation, marketing and labelling of feed additives
- Rules on undesirable substances in feedingstuffs (mycotoxins, heavy metals etc.)
- Rules on approval and registration of animal feed producing establishments
- Rules on official inspections in animal nutrition.
For scientific opinions related to feedingstuffs see: Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition (link: Committees page)
For reports of the meetings between the Commission and the Member States representatives who discuss regulatory issues on animal feed see: Standing Committee for FeedingStuffs.