Defra's New Guidelines to Reduce Salmonella in Feed

UK - The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published a new Code of Practice for the control of salmonella in animal feeds, bringing together three previous codes and updating these with current best practice and regulatory details.
calendar icon 6 November 2009
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The new code is entitled Code of Practice for the Control of Salmonella during the Production, Storage and Transport of Compound Feeds, Premixtures, Feed Materials and Feed Additives.

Ian Brown, Chariman of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs, explains that the microbiological safety of animal feeds has implications for both animal health and consumers of livestock products. Animal feed is considered to be a significant vector for the entry of Salmonella into the food chain.

He adds that the Code brings together in one document advice that was previously dispersed in three codes and the guidance it contains has been revised to reflect best practice and recent legislative developments. The scope of the Code covers a range of feed products and additives, and it reminds us that these are an important factor in the production of safe milk, meat and eggs.

Published in October 2009, this non-statutory Code of Practice is issued by the DEFRA, the Scottish Government Rural Directorate, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Northern Ireland) and the Welsh Assembly Government. It has been drawn up in consultation with the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), the National Farmers' Union of England and Wales, the Farmers' Union of Wales, Ulster Farmers Union, the Seed Crushers' and Oil Processors' Association and the Grain and Feed Trade Association, Food & Drink Federation, National Farmers' Union Scotland, British Egg Industry Council, British Poultry Council, National Pig Association, Assured Combinable Crops, Genesis QA, Quality Meat Scotland, Food Standards Agency and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

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