Feed of non-animal origin


Feed of non-animal origin or feedingstuff means any substance or product, including additives, processed, partially processed or unprocessed intended to be used for feeding animals. Particular feedingstuffs, compound feed, feed additives, premixtures and other substances are used as feed for animals which are reared either for human consumption or for their fur or which are kept in zoos, circuses or as pets etc. The control of safety and quality of feed of non-animal origin comprises also the control of genetically modified feed.

The quality of animal feed means that the animal feed placed on the market complies with the following conditions:

  • it is produced in the prescribed manner;
  • its traceability is guaranteed;
  • it is labelled and packaged in the prescribed manner;
  • it is not expired;
  • it is transported and stored in the prescribed manner;
  • it complies with the requirements regarding the composition and characteristics;
  • it is of the labelled quality;
  • authorised additives and products are used in prescribed amounts as direct or indirect sources of proteins.

The feed safety means that the feed complies with the safety conditions mentioned in the Animal Feed Act, with the regulations regarding veterinary compliance measures, the EU regulations and national feed regulations.

The implementation of an import procedure of a non-animal feed consignment from third countries depends on the point of the consignment’s entry and the risk which such a consignment constitutes for feed security and quality.

Customs authorities perform controls of the following types of consignments of non-animal feed:

  • consignments entering the EU territory through Slovenia, but which shall be released for free circulation in another Member State;
    In such cases, a customs authority certifies, after having performed a control of the consignment, a document based on the model laid down in Annex A to Commission Directive 98/68/EC which must accompany the consignment all the way to the country of destination.
  • consignments placed under the procedure of release for free circulation which shall take place in Slovenia;
    A customs authority may perform a documentary (a check of commercial documents accompanying the consignment and, if necessary, the documents provided for by animal feed legislation) and identity checks of the consignment (a visual check to establish whether the data in the accompanying documents are identical with the identifications and contents of the consignment). In the case of inconsistencies, a competent inspector of the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection (hereinafter referred to as: the UVHVVR) must be informed. If such a consignment is then inspected by a UVHHVR inspector, a customs authority must take into account in his further actions the measures adopted by a UVHVVR inspector.

Feed of non-animal origin which constitutes a more serious risk to health is subject to a tighter control carried out by competent UVHVVR inspectors. A tighter control is performed of the feed listed in Annex I to the Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 and the feed subject to emergency measures according to Article 53 of the Regulation (EC) No 178/2002. Such consignments may enter the EU territory only at designated points of entry where they must be declared to a competent UVHVVR inspector who performs the necessary controls. A single entry document or any other appropriate document proving that all the required controls have been carried out and that the consignment can be released for free circulation must be submitted to customs authorities in the procedure of release for free circulation.

EU legislation


  • Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety
  • Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules
  • Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 implementing Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin and amending Decision 2006/504/EC


  • Commission Directive 98/68/EC laying down the standard document referred to in Article 9(1) of Council Directive 95/53/EC and certain rules for checks at the introduction into the Community of feedingstuffs from third countries

National legislation


  • Veterinary Compliance Criteria Act  
  • Animal Feed Act  


  • Decree implementing the Decrees of European Community regarding feed and official inspection of feed  


  • Rules on official control of feed of non-animal origin in imports from third countries