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Feeding Stuffs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Regulation 7

SCHEDULE 6Limits of Variation

Part A— Compound Feeding Stuffs except those for pets

Analytical constituentsLimits of variation (absolute value in percentage by weight, except where otherwise specified)
Ash

If present in excess—

  • 2 for declarations of 10% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 10%

  • 1 for declarations less than 5%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 3 for declarations of 10% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 10%

  • 1.5 for declarations less than 5%

Ash insoluble in hydrochloric acid

If present in excess—

  • 2 for declarations of 10% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 4% or more but less than 10%

  • 1 for declarations less than 4%

Calcium

If present in excess—

  • 3.6 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 22.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 2.7 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.45 for declarations less than 1%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.2 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 7.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 0.9 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.15 for declarations less than 1%

Cystine

In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Fibre

If present in excess—

  • 1.8 for declarations of 12% or more

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 0.9 for declarations less than 6%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 5.4 for declarations of 12% or more

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 2.7 for declarations less than 6%

Lysine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Magnesium

If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 2.25 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 0.7%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.75 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.1 for declarations less than 0.7%

Methionine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Moisture
  • If present in excess—

  • 1 for declarations of 10% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 10%

  • 0.5 for declarations less than 5%

Oils and fats
  • If present in excess—

  • 3 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 8% or more but less than 15%

  • 1.6 for declarations less than 8%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 8% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.8 for declarations less than 8%

Phosphorus

If present in excess—

  • 3.6 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 22.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 2.7 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.45 for declarations less than 1%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.2 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 7.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 0.9 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.15 for declarations less than 1%

Potassium
  • If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 2.25 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 0.7%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5% for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.75 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.1 for declarations less than 0.7%

Protein

If present in excess—

  • 4 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 2 for declarations less than 10%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Protein equivalent of biuret, diureidoisobutane, urea or urea phosphate
  • ±1.25 or ±20% of the amount stated, whichever is greater

Sodium
  • If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 2.25 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 0.7%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.75 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than5%

  • 0.1 for declarations less than 0.7%

Starch and total sugar plus starch
  • If present in excess—

  • 5 for declarations of 25% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 25%

  • 2 for declarations less than 10%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2.5 for declarations of 25% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 25%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Threonine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Total sugar
  • If present in excess—

  • 4 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 2 for declarations less than 10%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Tryptophan
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Part B —Compound Pet Foods

Ash
  • If present in excess—

  • 1.5 for all declarations

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 4.5 for all declarations

Ash insoluble in hydrochloric acid
  • If present in excess—

  • 1.5 for all declarations

Calcium
  • If present in excess—

  • 3.6 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 22.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 2.7 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.45 for declarations less than 1%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.2% for declarations of 16% or more

  • 7.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 0.9 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.15 for declarations less than 1%

Cystine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Fibre
  • If present in excess—

  • 1 for all declarations

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 3 for all declarations

Lysine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Magnesium
  • If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 2.25 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 0.7%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.75 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.1 for declarations less than 0.7%

Methionine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Moisture
  • If present in excess—

  • 3 for declarations of 40% or more

  • 7.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 20% or more but less than 40%

  • 1.5 for declarations less than 20%

Oils and fats
  • If present in excess—

  • 5 for all declarations

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2.5 for all declarations

Phosphorus
  • If present in excess—

  • 3.6 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 22.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 2.7 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.45 for declarations less than 1%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.2 for declarations of 16% or more

  • 7.5% of the amount stated for declarations of 12% or more but less than 16%

  • 0.9 for declarations of 6% or more but less than 12%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 1% or more but less than 6%

  • 0.15 for declarations less than 1%

Potassium
  • If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 2.25 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 0.7%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5% for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.75 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.1 for declarations less than 0.7%

Protein
  • If present in excess—

  • 6.4 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 32% of the amount stated for declarations of 12.5% or more but less than 20%

  • 4 for declarations less than 12.5%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 3.2 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 16% of the amount stated for declarations of 12.5% or more but less than 20%

  • 2 for declarations less than 12.5%

Sodium
  • If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 2.25 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 45% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 0.7%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 7.5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.75 for declarations of 5% or more but less than 7.5%

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 0.7% or more but less than 5%

  • 0.1 for declarations less than 0.7%

Starch and total sugar plus starch
  • If present in excess—

  • 5 for declarations of 25% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 25%

  • 2 for declarations less than 10%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2.5 for declarations of 25% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 25%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Total sugar
  • If present in excess—

  • 4 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 2 for declarations less than 10%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Threonine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Tryptophan
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Part C—Feed Materials

Acid index
  • If present in excess—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.2 for declarations less than 2%

Ash
  • If present in excess—

  • 3 for declarations of 10% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 10%

  • 1.5 for declarations less than 5%

Ash insoluble in hydrochloric acid
  • If present in excess—

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 3% or more

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 3%

Calcium
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.2 for declarations less than 2%

Calcium carbonate
  • If present in excess—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.2 for declarations less than 2%

Carotene
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Chlorides expressed as NaCl
  • If present in excess—

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 3% or more

  • 0.3 for declarations less than 3%

FibreIf present in excess—
  • 2.1 for declarations of 14% or more

  • 15% of the amount stated for declarations of 6% or more but less than 14%

  • 0.9 for declarations less than 6%

Inulin
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 3 for declarations of 30% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 30%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Lysine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 20% of the amount stated

Magnesium
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5% for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.2 for declarations less than 2%

Matter insoluble in light petroleum
  • If present in excess—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.2 for declarations less than 2%

Methionine
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 20% of the amount stated

Moisture
  • If present in excess—

  • 1 for declarations of 10% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 10%

  • 0.5 for declarations less than 5%

Oils and fats
  • If present in excess—

  • 3.6 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 24% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 15%

  • 1.2 for declarations less than 5%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.8 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 12% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.6 for declarations less than 5%

Phosphorus
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 1.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.2 for declarations less than 2%

Protein
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 20%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Protein equivalent of uric acid
  • If present in excess—

  • 1.25, or 25% of the amount stated, whichever is the greater

Sodium
  • If present in excess—

  • 4.5 for declarations of 15% or more

  • 30% of the amount stated for declarations of 2% or more but less than 15%

  • 0.6 for declarations less than 2%

Starch
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 3 for declarations of 30% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 10% or more but less than 30%

  • 1 for declarations less than 10%

Sugar (total sugars, reducing sugars, sucrose, lactose, glucose (dextrose))
  • If present in excess—

  • 4 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 20% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 20%

  • 1 for declarations less than 5%

  • In case of deficiency—

  • 2 for declarations of 20% or more

  • 10% of the amount stated for declarations of 5% or more but less than 20%

  • 0.5 for declarations less than 5

Volatile nitrogenous bases
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 20% of the amount stated

Xanthophyll
  • In case of deficiency—

  • 30% of the amount stated

Part D—Vitamins and Trace Elements

Vitamin/Trace ElementLimits of variation
Cobalt±50% of the amount stated
Copper
  • ±30% of the amount stated for declarations above 200 mg/kg

  • ±50% of the amount stated for declarations up to and including 200 mg/kg

Iodine±50% of the amount stated
Iron
  • ±30% of the amount stated for declarations of 250 mg/kg or more

  • ±50% of the amount stated for declarations less than 250 mg/kg

Manganese±50% of the amount stated
Molybdenum±50% of the amount stated
Selenium±50% of the amount stated
Vitamins D2 and D3
  • ±30% of the amount stated for declarations above 4000 IU/kg

  • ±50% of the amount stated for declarations up to and including 4000 IU/kg

Vitamins other than D2 and D3In case of deficiency— 30% of the amount stated
Zinc±50% of the amount stated

Part E —Energy Value of Compound Feeding Stuffs

Feeding stuffLimits of variation
Compound feeding stuffs for poultry±0.7 MJ/kg (absolute value)
Compound feeding stuffs for ruminants±7.5% of the amount stated
Compound feeding stuffs for pigs±7.5% of the amount stated
Feeding stuffs for particular nutritional purposes for cats and dogs±15% of the amount stated

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