Salmonella: Code of Practice for the Control of (PB2202)

SECTION I: Introduction

Salmonella organisms are widespread in the environment and each link in the food chain, from producers to consumers, has a part to play in reducing the risk of human infection caused by salmonella. Animal feedingstuffs are acknowledged to be one possible route by which salmonella can enter the food chain. The animal feedingstuffs industry has already made strenuous efforts, through voluntary and statutory measures, to reduce the contamination rates of animal feedingstuffs and their ingredients and substantial progress has been made since the introduction in 1989 of the Government's package of measures to control salmonella. Considerable information is now available on the occurrence of salmonella in animal feeding stuffs.

This detailed Code of Practice provides non-statutory guidelines for establishing good production practices and safeguarding the microbiological quality of raw materials used directly as, or intended for incorporation into, animal feedingstuffs.

1. Purpose of the Code 

To ensure that raw materials, supplied for incorporation into, or direct use as, animal feedingstuffs are of a satisfactory bacterialogical quality with the risk of contamination with salmonella minimised.

2. Scope of the Code

2.1 'Raw materials' in this Code means any material of animal, fish, vegetable or mineral origin used as an ingredient for incorporation into, or direct use as, animal feedingstuffs, but excludes unprocessed roughages such as hay, straw, silage or root crops. However, although such unprocessed forages are outside the scope of this Code every reasonable care should be taken to keep them clean and, as far as possible, free from faecal matter and rodent infestation.

'Storage' in this Code means the final storage prior to despatch to the final feed compounder or,  in the case of material fed direct to livestock, prior to despatch to the livestock unit.

2.2 In the case of imported material, the Code applies from the point of landing in Great Britain. In the case of home produced material, the Code applies to final storage before despatch from the processing plant or on-farm store and delivery to the final feed compounder or livestock unit.

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