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This leaflet has been prepared for the guidance of traders by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service. It is not an authoritative document on the law and is only intended for guidance. For further guidance, contact: West Yorkshire Trading Service Nepshaw Lane South PO Box 5 Morley Leeds LS27 OQP Tel No. 0113 253 0241. email : THE STATUTORY STATEMENT The requirements listed below are those which must be contained in a statutory statement. This statement may be in the form of a label securely attached to the package or container or may be printed on the container in which the goods are packed. The information given must be separate from all other information on the goods and must be in English and legibly and indelibly marked. It does not apply to feed materials (single ingredient feeds). If you pack these please seek advice. WHAT IS THE COMPULSORY LABELLING INFORMATION? The compulsory labelling consists of the following: 1. information 6. 4. Standards person responsible for the accuracy of the particulars given. 2. A name or description of the product sufficiently specific to indicate its true nature and indicating that it is a compound feed in the form “complete feeding stuff”, “complementary feeding stuff” “complete pet food”, or “complementary pet food” as appropriate. The species or category of animal for which intended if that indication is not clear from the name of the product. Directions for use if not apparent in 1, 2 or 3 above. A full list of ingredients in descending order by weight. The amount of each ingredient may be included. If you prefer you can use category names. Further advice on this will be given on request. If you draw particular attention to an ingredient for example ‘with added meat’ you must give the percentage of the added ingredient further advice will be given regarding the format to use if requested. A indication of the amount of any copper present including any natural or added copper. (The maximum permissible amount of total copper must not exceed




The name or trade name and address or registered office of the

35mg/kg of the complete feeding stuff). 7. The presence of any antioxidant, colour or preservative must be declared. The declaration must be in one of the following forms: “with antioxidant” followed by specific name of the antioxidant; “colourant” or “coloured with” both of which must be followed by the specific name of the colour; “preservative” or “preserved with” both of which must be followed by the specific name of the preservative.


The Batch Number or Date of Manufacture. The net weight or volume. The registration number. or approved

12. 13.


CAN ANYTHING ELSE BE MARKED IN THE STATUTORY STATEMENT? Some optional information can also be included in the statutory statement. If you require advice on the type of information permitted please contact the Service. ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS ABOUT QUANTITY MARKING? Feeding stuffs are required by the Weights and Measures Act 1985 to be marked or labelled with the net quantity, and the indication must be clear and indelible. There are minimum requirements for the size of characters used to mark the quantity. These are: Not exceeding 50g/5cl 2 mm

OR b) PACKS NOT EXCEEDING 10kg ‘with antioxidant’, ‘coloured with’ or ‘preserved with’ as appropriate followed by the words ‘EC additive’ accompanied by a reference number identifying the feeding stuff. This reference number can be indicated elsewhere on the container, provided the statutory statement contains a clear indication of its whereabouts. 8. The presence of any vitamins A, D or E, including any natural or added, as well as an indication of the time the particular vitamin will remain present. The amount of protein, oil, ash and fibre. Certain protein sources can only be included in these feeds provided that they comply with specified requirements. 10. The maximum storage life, normally “best before” followed by the appropriate date (month and year).

Exceeding 50g/5cl but not exceeding 200g/20cl 3 mm Exceeding 200g/20cl but not exceeding 1kg/1 litre 4 mm Exceeding 1 kg/1 litre 6 mm


These minimum sizes however do not apply to catchweight goods, i.e. those prepacked in random weights.

Reviewed July 2003

Revise July 2004

Only certain abbreviations are permitted. the common ones are:kilogramme gram millilitre centilitre litre kg g ml cl l or L

UNIT PRICE AND SELLING PRICE For information on the requirements for price marking please see the guidance note on The Price Marking of Non-Foods. ADVICE ON LABELS The West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service can consider draft labels before they are printed and offer advice on the labelling requirements.

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Reviewed July 2003

Revise July 2004

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