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Some food businesses require approval instead of food business registration.
These businesses must meet additional requirements, as they usually involve more high risk operations.
You cannot operate your food establishment until it has been approved.
Your business may be required for approval if you both produce and supply the following foods of animal origin to other food business establishments (not directly to the public):
If you sell food of animal origin to public or retailers (e.g. caterers, pubs and restaurants), you may be exempt from approval as long as:
Please note: if your food business is exempt from the approval process, you will still need to register your food business.
You will need to meet the 'hygiene of foodstuffs' and 'hygiene rules for food of animal origin'
regulations found in the documents section.
To apply for food business approval please complete our food business approval form.
Please note: If you are applying for approval in relation to eggs you should contact us first as there are further exemptions.
We will be in contact with you to arrange a premises visit.
We will look in depth at your process and documentation and discuss any work you need to do in order to comply with the regulations.
If your business has achieved the required standards approval, you will be issued with a unique approval number. This makes up part of the of the identification mark you will need to apply to your products.
Details of your premises together with information relating to the types of foods you produce are forwarded to the Food Standards Agency to be kept on a central register.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.