Food business approval
The majority of food businesses require registration, but in a small number of cases special ‘approval’ arrangements exist for businesses manufacturing, handling and supplying products of animal origin for supply to other businesses.
If your business sells directly to the final consumer then you don't need to be approved, only registered.
Food 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
To obtain approval you will need to meet certain hygiene standards, which are listed on the Food Standards Agency website. Approval must be obtained before starting the business.
If any part of your business significantly changes (ie products made, structure etc) you may have to be reapproved and a further application may be required. You'll also need to notify us of any changes relating to the food business operator or ownership of the business. There are some retailer-to-retailer exceptions where approval wouldn't be required - please contact us to discuss this further.
Applying for approval
Both the application for food premises approval for new applications and application to change a food premises approval for changes are processed via the gov.uk website. There's no fee for this application.