The production of animal feed is one of the most important
sectors of activity in agriculture. Approximately 120 million tonnes of feedingstuffs
are produced in the EU annually. Initially the rules on animal feed from the 1970s put
the emphasis on productivity of livestock farming, facilitating the free circulation
of feedingstuffs in the internal market and providing information to the stock breeders
on feedingstuffs. Today emphasis has shifted more towards the protection of human and
animal health and to some extent to environmental protection.
White Paper on Food Safety
of 12 January 2000 the European Commission announced a
series of initiatives to improve and complete the legislation
on animal feed.