Any business that makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin for supply to other businesses, must be approved by our Food Safety Team.
Food considered to be of animal origin includes:
- meat and poultry - whether fresh, frozen or cooked
- meat products such as pies, sausage rolls, faggots, black pudding and bacon
- raw or partially cooked minced meat or meat preparations such as sausages, burgers, marinated raw meat and kebab meat
- fish and fish products such as fish fingers, prawns, lobsters, crabs and crayfish - whether dead or alive.
- live bivalve molluscs
- ready meals containing fish or meat
- milk and dairy products such as butter, cream, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream, etc.
- frogs legs and snails
- rendered animal fats and other animal by products such as gelatine, collagen, stomachs, bladders and intestines
- honey and blood
Food businesses must not commence any business activity which requires approval, unless they have received conditional or full approval for the proposed activity from our Food Safety Team.
How to gain approval
Certain hygiene standards must be met before approval will be granted. These are set out in the following regulations:
Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 Hygiene of Foodstuffs (PDF) (Link to external website)
Regulation (EC) No 853 / 2004 Hygiene Rules for Food of Animal Origin(PDF) (Link to external website)
To apply for approval contact out Food Safety Team on 01495 235340 or send an email to email@example.com.
There are some situations where approval is not required. For example, if your food business supplies food of animal origin direct to the final consumer (the person who eats the food product) then you are exempt from approval. Additionally there may be an exemption available depending on the extent to which the business wishes to supply food of animal origin to other businesses.
If you think your food business may be exempt, please contact our Food Safety Team for advice.
Even if your food business is exempt from the requirement to be approved, you will still need to register your business as a food business with us. Visit our Starting a food business page for further details.