Food Chain Information Forms & Guidance

If you sell sheep, pigs or cattle direct to slaughter you MUST provide Food Chain Information (FCI) to the Slaughter House. The Information is not required by law if you move to a General Market. However if you do not provide FCI to the market operator the sale of your livestock may be compromised.

If the livestock you are moving to market satisfy the FCI statements below and are:

  • Sheep - tick the first box on the AML1 document
  • Cattle or Pigs - complete a FCI for cattle document

FCI Statements

Animals on the holding which are not under movement restrictions for animal disease or Public Health reasons (exluding any 6 day standstill) e.g.

  • TB Movment restrictions on cattle
  • Scrapie (TSE) movement restrictions on sheep
  • Withdrawal periods have been observed for all veterinary medicines and other treatments administered to the animals while on your holding and previous holdings
  • To the best of my knowledge the animals are not showing signs of disease or condition that may affect the safety of meat derived from them
  • No analysis of samples taken from animals on the holding or other samples has shown that the animals in this consignment may have been exposed to any disease or condition that may affect the safety of meat or to substances likely to result in residues in meat.

If the livestock you are moving to market satisfy the FCI statements except that Withdrawal periods have not been observed for:

  • Sheep tick the 2nd FCI box on the AML1 document and provide the details of the veterinary medicine issued and the expiry date of any withdrawal period on the reverse of the Pink Copy or for
  • Cattle and Pigs provide the details of the veterinary medicine issued and the expiry date of any withdrawal period on the Additional FCI For Cattle or Pigs form (available from Food Standards Agency, Local Authority or Market Operator) (or on Right of Page)

If the livestock you are moving to market cannot satisfy any other FCI statement you should consider whether the animals are fit for sale under the Welfare of Markets Order 1990 and consult the Market operator or your Local Authority for advice.

Advice to Purchasers

If you intend to purchase animals for onward consignment to slaughter you need to be able to provide the FCI to the Slaughter House and should only purchase animals where the FCI has been provided by the seller.