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Official Inspections of Feedingstuffs

Council Regulation (EC) 882/2004 (pdf 220Kb)   on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, outlines inspection and control procedures that must be operated by Member States.

Article 41 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament, requires Member States to develop a single integrated Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) concerning the implementation of their control programmes in the food and feed areas. Feedingstuffs control activities have been included in the MANCP.

Further, more detailed, information on the scope of feedingstuffs controls is set out in the Animal Feed Controls Programme (2012-2014) (pdf 532Kb) 

Each Member States is required to forward a report on the implementation of the MANCP to the Commission for discussion between Member States. In addition a detailed Report (pdf 673Kb)  is drawn up by the Feedingstuffs Division of DAFF on feed control activities.

In order to protect the EU from feedingstuffs which pose a serious risk to animal or human health, Member States are required to set up a contingency plan designed to contain and minimise the adverse effects of such feedingstuffs.

Where a feed operator has information that a feed, which he owns or owned, poses a risk to animal or human health within the EU, he is required to notify the competent authority and provide all information available to him. A similar obligation rests on managers of analytical laboratories who detect non-compliant feed belonging to clients. The control authority must carry out a risk assessment and take appropriate measures to minimise the risk, which may include recall and destruction of the feedingstuff and animal produce.

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