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Approved Food Premises
What is Approval?
If you intend to set up
business as a caterer or food retail outlet selling directly to the
public, you will normally only need to be registered. However, if
you intend to set up a business that manufactures or handles (e.g.
slicing and re wrapping) products of animal origin for sale onto
other businesses (rather than sale direct to the final consumer),
your premises may have to be approved instead. Approval is legally
required to be obtained before you will be allowed to trade.
To obtain approval, you will need to meet
certain standards, relating to both structure of your premises and
hygienic food handling practices. There is also a requirement for a
documented food safety management system to show how you ensure
that the food you produce is safe.
Which premises need to be
All food premises making, preparing or
handling food products of animal origin are required to be approved
unless they meet specific exemption criteria. If your food business
supplies food of animal origin direct to the final consumer (i.e.
the person who eats the food) then you are not
required to be approved. However, if you supply these foods to a
catering premises such as a pub or a retailer, then you will
Your business may be exempted on the basis
that the supply of these foods to another premises is on a
marginal, localised and restricted basis.
Marginal is interpreted to be
a small part of your establishment’s business usually up to a
quarter (25%)of the business in terms of food or less than 2 tonnes
in terms of meat per week.
Localised is interpreted to
be sales within the supplying establishments own county plus the
greater of either the neighbouring county or counties or 30 miles
from the boundary of the supplying establishments county.
Restricted is interpreted as
concerning only certain types of products being made or
establishments being supplied.
As you will see the determination of whether
approval is required is a complicated one and will depend on the
specific circumstances of the business. If you are unsure as to
whether you require approval, please contact the Environmental
Health Commercial Team to discuss the matter further.
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