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Animal Health

This folder entitled Animal Health contains a number of EC and national instruments of direct relevance to the feedstuffs industry.

1. Directive 90/167/EEC (pdf 102Kb)  on medicated feeding stuffs

The main provisions in this Directive are given effect in Directive (S.I. 176 of 1994) (pdf 344Kb)  and are as follows:-

  • Medicated feedingstuffs may only be manufactured in licensed establishments which comply with the prescribed requirements on good manufacturing requirements.
  • Premixtures used to manufacture medicated feedingstuffs must be approved for that purpose by the National Medicines Board.
  • In addition to the normal labelling requirements applicable to compound feeds, the words "Medicated Feedingstuffs; the content of active substance; the withdrawal period and the name and address of the purchaser of the feed must be declared
  • Medicated Feeds may only be supplied to a farmer in accordance with a Veterinary Written Direction and, normally, the feed must be delivered directly from the manufacturer to farmer.

2. Diseases of Animals (Poultry Feed) Order, 1991. (S.I. 364 of 1991) (pdf 248Kb) 

The Order was introduced to assist in the prevention of Newcastle disease and requires the heat treatment of poultry feed at a minimum temperature of 75°C at the core for one minute. It also specifies ancillary conditions concerning premises, hygienic handling, storage and transport of feed and keeping of records

3. Regulation (EC) No (999/2001) (pdf 317Kb)   on certain Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE's)

  • The Regulation lays down measures for the prevention, control and eradication of certain TSEs. Regulation 7 prohibits the marketing of protein derived from animals for use as feedingstuffs (the feed ban). Derogations are provided for the use of fish meal, Dicalcium Phosphate and Tri-calcium Phosphate of animal origin and certain other specified animal proteins such as milk and milk products, gelatine, hydrolysed proteins, etc., subject to the requirements specified in Annex IV to the Regulation. This Regulation has been amended by Commission Regulation (EC) 1292/2005 (pdf 59Kb)  which allows Member States to make a risk assessment on the presence of animal constituents in feed from tuber and root crops before considering a breach of the feed ban. Commission Regulation (EC) No 956/2008 amends Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 to allow for the use of fishmeal for young ruminants. In addition, Commission Regulation (EC) No 163/2009 amending Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001, allows for the feeding to animals of plant material containing insignificant amounts of bone spiculae if there is a favourable risk assessment. The TSE legislation has been given effect by the European Communities (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Animal By-Products) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 252 of 2008) (pdf 200Kb) 

4. Animal By-products: Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009

Other relevant EU Legislation

  • Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 (pdf 59Kb)   of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 laying down Community procedures for the establishment of residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin, repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 2377/90 and amending Directive 2001/82/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Council Directive  97/78/EC (pdf 89Kb)   laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries


National Legislation