Feed Marketing

Feed Marketing

The rules on the marketing of feed materials and compound feed are established in EC Regulation 767/2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed.

The Commission has adopted several acts to implement this Regulation:

In accordance with Article 26 of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009, the Commission published the title and reference of the "Code for good labelling practice of pet food" in Official Journal 2011/C no. 358, p. 49. The code was updated and endorsed by the Standing Committee – Section Animal Nutrition - in September 2018 and can be downloaded here together with the "Guide to good practice for the manufacture of safe pet foods" and the "Nutritional Guidelines for cats and dogs". On 28 July 2016, the Commission published the title and reference of the "EU Code of good labelling practice for compound feed for food producing animals" in Official Journal 2016/C no. 275/04. The code, equally updated and endorsed in 2018, can be downloaded here or here.

The rules for the marketing of "dietetic" feed (feed for particular nutritional purposes) are also laid down in Regulation 767/2009. The list with the authorised intended uses can be found in Directive 2008/38/EC. For a transitional period and pending the final decision of the Commission on concrete applications for inclusion in the list of intended uses, complementary feed containing feed addtives more than 100 times the maximum content for complete feed can remain on the market, if it was legally placed on the EU market before 1 September 2010 (Article 32(2)). This list with product specifications based on such applications gives an overview on what products can be marketed as complementary feed in the transitional period.

The use of insects as feed material has become an emerging issue. DG SANTE elaborated a STRATEGIC SAFETY CONCEPT FOR INSECTS AS FEED. Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/893 (in application since July 2017) authorised the use of processed insect protein in feed for aquaculture animals.