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New code to reduce Salmonella in UK animal feed

DEFRA, The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a new Code of Practice for the control of salmonella in animal feeds.

This brings together three previous codes and updating these with current best practice and regulatory details.

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.

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.

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