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.
- Minced meat and meat preparations.
- Meat products like pies, and pasties and mechanically separated
- 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.
There is no registration fee.
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.
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 approval
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
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