Inspection of animal food

Importing animal food from countries outside the EU is subject to strict requirements. Examples of animal food include:

  • Livestock fodder in bulk, such as grain and tapioca
  • Additives to animal fodder, such as antibiotics and flavourings

These requirements concern the protection of the health of humans and animals. Animal food is inspected by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit - NVWA). Customs fulfils an important task within this process of inspecting animal fodders: it passes on any irregularities to the NVWA when goods enter the country.

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