Consolidation of animal feed legislation in Northern Ireland

Last updated:
27 March 2015
This consultation seeks stakeholders' comments on the drafts of consolidated animal feed legislation. The legislated areas include composition, marketing, use, hygiene, sampling and enforcement.


Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Feed business operators, including farmers, who produce, supply or use animal feed; enforcers of feed law. 

What is the subject of this consultation?

  • drafts of the consolidated legislation: Animal Feed (Composition, Marketing and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 and Animal Feed (Hygiene, Sampling, etc. and Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015
  • impact assessment for the consolidated feed legislation

What is the purpose of this consultation?
To raise awareness among animal feed business, farming and enforcement stakeholders of the consolidation to the Northern Ireland animal feed legislation and to invite stakeholder comments on the draft legislation and associated impact assessment.

Consultation details

In Northern Ireland, the legal requirements on animal feed are currently provided in five domestic statutory rules (SRs) which were introduced to meet the obligations of European Union (EU) legislation.

The consolidations of these provisions into two SRs will make it easier for stakeholders to access relevant information about the legal requirements for animal feed.

An impact assessment (IA) setting out in detail the implications of these proposed consolidations has been provided. The IA was prepared by colleagues in England but is believed to be equally representative of the situation in Northern Ireland. Stakeholders are invited to consider and comment on the proposed consolidated SRs and the costs and benefits identified by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the draft IA.

Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment (Business Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland) has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.

We are interested in what you thought of this consultation and would therefore welcome your general feedback on both the consultation package and overall consultation process. If you would like to assist us to improve the quality of future consultations, please feel free to share your thoughts with us by using the consultation feedback questionnaire.

Publication of personal data and confidentiality of responses

In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The FSA will publish a summary of responses, which may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.

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