Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Animal by-products and food waste

Animal by-products are entire animal bodies, parts of animals, or products of animal origin that are not intended to be eaten by humans. Businesses that are likely to deal with animal by-products include food retailers and manufacturers, catering outlets, butchers, farmers, gamekeepers, animal feed suppliers and vets.

Animal by-products are tightly regulated to protect human and animal health and the environment. This includes rules for collecting, storing, transporting, handling, processing, using and disposing of animal by-products. You may also need to comply with controls on the marketing and export of animal by-products and products derived from them.

This guideline explains what animal by-products are and how they are categorised. It describes how to handle, store and transport animal by-products and how to dispose of animal by-products, food and catering waste.

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