Feed for livestock or food-producing animals is intended to meet the nutritional needs of animals and maintain the productivity of normally healthy animals. Since high quality requirements are placed on animal products and the animal products serve human nutrition, they must also be free of contaminants. Accordingly, this freedom from contaminants must also be guaranteed for the feedstuffs used. In this way, consumer health can be protected and the practical farmer can be saved from economic losses.
Feed may only be placed on the market if it is safe and has no direct harmful effect on animals, humans or the environment. It is the responsibility of feed business operators at all stages of production, processing and distribution to ensure that the feed they produce and place on the market meets the requirements of the applicable legislation.
Every person or company that places feed on the market in any way must register with the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) . Here you can find more information and the current register of registered/approved feed companies.
Every commercial enterprise that markets, trades, manufactures, stores or transports feed must in principle be registered with the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) as a feed business operator.
A company that trades certain additives (trace elements, vitamins, ...) or produces compound feed with certain additives (coccidiostats) requires approval from the BAES, which is associated with an on-site inspection. Companies that process fats and whose products are intended (in whole or in part) for the feed chain, e.g. oil mills and fat blenders, are also subject to approval.
Farmers, regardless of whether they only produce feed or also feed it to their own livestock, are also subject to registration. However, this obligation is fulfilled with the existence of an LFBIS number and no separate application for registration is required. However, if certain feed additives are purchased and used, further requirements must be met, which in case of doubt must be clarified with the feed control authority.
You can find out more about the details of placing feed on the market and the associated obligations and requirements in our e-learning course.
Every feed business that puts farm animal feed into circulation, i.e. manufactures, stores, transports, trades, etc., must apply to the BAES for registration. The production or wholesale (B2B) of pet food is also subject to registration.
The direct distribution of pet food to the end consumer, e.g. within the framework of retail trade, is exempt from the obligation to register.
An operating license is required for the production or marketing of certain additives or feeds with certain additives and premixes, as well as for manufacturers and processors of oils and fats. It should be noted that an approval is associated with an on-site inspection and the business activity may only be carried out once the approval notice has been issued.
The essential requirements for the labeling of feed can be found in Regulation (EC) 767/2009 on the use and placing on the market of feed.
The labeling requirements of feed depend, among other things, on the type of feed, the additives used and the target animal species or the nutritional purpose and are regulated in numerous laws and regulations.
You can find out more about the details of feed labeling in our e-learning course in the Labeling module.
In addition, the team of AGES feed experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You are welcome to send us a draft of a label at email@example.com, which we will check for conformity with the currently applicable legal regulations for the labeling of feed against payment of the personnel costs. Details about this service can be found on our service page.
All licensed and registered commercial feed businesses, as well as farmers who use certain additives in their own compound feed production, are subject to official feed control by the BAES. An exception is veterinarians who run a home pharmacy and, in the case of dispensing feed, are also inspected as part of the control of the home pharmacy with regard to the fulfillment of feed law requirements.
Depending on the type of operation, different parameters are checked during the on-site inspection. Under the following link you will find checklists which are used during feed inspections:
Feed, premixtures and additives must not have any harmful effects on animal or human health or the environment and must not be placed on the market in a misleading manner.
If, on the basis of an analysis, a deficiency is found, as a result of which a harmful effect cannot be ruled out, the feed must not (or no longer) be placed on the market or fed to food-producing animals. (e.g. in case of suspected salmonella, mycotoxin content above a limit or guideline value and heavy metal contamination above a limit value).
In this case, AGES is legally obliged to inform the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) about the analysis result.
Subsequently, you as the customer for an analysis or as the controlled company are obliged to take measures on your own initiative to remedy a legal deficiency or to comply with the official orders of the BAES.
If you have any questions, in particular on the interpretation of test results, our feed experts at AGES will be happy to help:
On our service page you will find an analysis catalog with our analytical services and the corresponding order letter as PDF for download.
Please note that we are obliged to provide non-binding price information in advance for orders from consumers.
Last updated: 28.06.2023