Retail sale of animal feed

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. Please note that some of the advice we provide to businesses is chargeable.

This advice covers

The labelling of any type of compound or manufactured animal feed which is on sale either: 

  • loose from bins or other retail displays in sale quantities of less than 50kg
  • packaged by the retailer in small amounts by breaking bulk
  • bought in already packaged

The advice does not cover the manufacture of animal foods.

What labelling is required?

The animal feed must be accompanied by a 'statutory statement' which contains information such as: 

  • the name and address of the person who guarantees the statement is accurate (normally the manufacturer)
  • the name and description of the feed, clearly indicating it is a mixture of ingredients, together with a list of those ingredients
  • the type of animal it is intended for
  • the amount of protein, oil, fibre and ash which is present
  • direction for use
  • the presence of any antioxidants, colours or preservatives
  • the presence of certain minerals
  • the amount of certain vitamins and the date up to which they remain present
  • minimum storage life
  • the labelling required is different for different animals

The above list is a summary of the requirements - for full information consult your local Trading Standards Office.

Where do I find the statutory statement?

Your supplier will give it either on the package or in an accompanying letter.

How do I pass the statutory statement on to my customers?

When selling animal feed products you must display the statutory statement, or a copy of it, as closely as possible to the material it relates to. It must be clearly associated with the feed. The information delivered with the product by the manufacturer or wholesaler could be used for this purpose.

When selling prepacks, these should already have been labelled by the manufacturer and so you need do nothing.