Review of Gaps in the Feed Chain: Summary of Findings and Conclusions

There have been a number of high profile feed safety incidents that have affected the European feed industry in recent years.

Besides food/feed safety implications, such incidents often have widespread economic effects with contaminated feed and food withdrawn from the market and restrictions placed on feed businesses, including farms. Notable major incidents have involved dioxins: Belgium (1999), Ireland (2008) and Germany (2010/11).

To help to minimise the possibility of a major incident occurring in the UK, the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs was asked by the Food Standards Agency to consider possible gaps and weaknesses in the UK feed sector that may compromise feed and food safety. The aim was that, following the identification of any such gaps/weaknesses, appropriate follow-up action could be carried out by the feed industry, enforcement authorities or central government to address concerns.