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Food safety approval

​​​Your food business may require approval if you intend to use unprocessed products of animal origin. For example, fresh meat, raw minced meat, raw milk or eggs.

This includes:

  • Minced meat and meat preparations.
  • Meat products like pies, and pasties and mechanically separated meat.
  • Live bi-valve molluscs and fishery products.
  • Raw milk (other than raw cows' milk).
  • Dairy products.
  • Eggs (not primary production).
  • Egg products.
  • Frogs legs and snails.
  • Rendered animal fats and greaves.
  • Treated stomachs, bladders and intestines.
  • Gelatine and collagen.
  • Cold stores and wholesale markets.

You cannot operate your food establishment until it has been approved by this authority. The approval process requires that you put in place procedures to manage food safety based upon Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.

The HACCP documents will make up part of your food safety management system which should be tailored to fit your business and should be simple and appropriate to the scale and type of production you intend to carry out.

How to apply for approval

If you wish to apply for approval under the above regulations please contact us or fill in the application form below.

Food Safety Approval Application Form (258kb pdf)


It's FREE to apply for food safety approval.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply. The Food Authority is required to give the food business operator an approval code and to notify the Food Standards Agency of the approval code and details of the establishment to be approved.


Any food business operator aggrieved by a decision of the Food Authority in relation to a granting of approval may appeal to a Magistrates Court within 28 days of a decision being made. If a food business operator is still aggrieved by a decision of the Magistrates Court or Food Authority there is further address by appeal to Crown Court. In certain circumstance a Food Business Operator has a right to seek a judicial review.

Processing timescales

Public Protection will seek to determine applications for approvals as quickly as possible. However, approval can only be granted following the correct submission of an application form together with other relevant documents, for example an HACCP plan. It's necessary for an officer to carry out a detailed inspection of the premises before approval is granted. It may be necessary for an officer to request further information before approval is granted.

Please contact Environmental Health if you have not been contacted within 28 days of submitting an application

Changes to approv​al

Once you have been approved, you will need to notify us if there is a change of food business operator or a change in the nature of the business.

If you want to carry out any additional activities or wish to change the processes that are carried out in the establishment, you should contact Public Protection for advice as you may require further approval


0300 303 8871

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Public Protection Service​​
Number One Riversid​e​
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU