One route for salmonella entering the food chain is through animals eating contaminated animal feed. The main purpose of the Code is to provide information on best practice, and to help those involved in the manufacture, storage and transport of feeds to minimise the risk of salmonella contamination.
To assist users, the Code brings together in one document, the advice that was previously dispersed in three codes and this has been updated after an extensive consultation of stakeholders. It has also been considered and endorsed by the independent Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs.
The Code is voluntary but the guidance it contains reflects recent legislative developments including the requirements of the EC Zoonoses Regulation (2160/2003) and the EC Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005).