Approval of Food Premises
Haringey Council is required to inspect and approve any premises defined as products of animal origin such as meat, dairy, egg or fish product plants under EC derived legislation.
The premises are approved under Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles:
- Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 Hygiene of Foodstuffs - Guidance (PDF, 145KB)
- Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 Hygiene Rules for Food of Animal Origin - Guidance (PDF, 979KB)
Food premises approved under these regulations must meet additional requirements above the general requirements for food premises as they usually involve more high risk operations.
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Update relating to changes that will need to be made to the health and identification (ID) marks on certain food products of animal origin (POAO) after the UK leaves the EU.
All food premises producing, preparing or handling food products of animal origin are required to be approved unless they are exempted. If your food business supplies food of animal origin to the final consumer, ie the person who eats the food product, then they are exempt from approval.
In addition, there may be an exemption available depending on the extent to which the business wishes to supply food of animal origin to other businesses.
Exemptions are detailed in the Food Law Practice Guidance - England (PDF, 1MB) and are based on the premises being retail or supplying other retailers on a marginal, localised and restricted basis (see page 48 of the Food Law Practice Guidance). A detailed HACCP Plan to ensure the food business operator is controlling risks at identified critical control points is included.
If you think your food business may need approval please contact Commercial Environmental Health. They will fully consider and discuss with you the need for approval and how the business can best comply with the requirements of the regulations. For example there may need to be a planned programme of works in order to achieve approval and you and/or your employees may need to gain further training proportionate to the size and nature of your business.
Premises that are approved under these regulations must meet additional requirements over and above the general requirements that apply to ordinary food businesses, as they usually involve more high risk operations.
Approved premises must be able to demonstrate that procedures are in place to manage food safety, and that these procedures are based upon Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles (external link).
Although these requirements may sound onerous, the food safety management system can be tailored to fit the business and should be simple and appropriate to the scale and type of production intended to be carried out. If you have any doubts contact Commercial Environmental Health using the details below.
You are also required to have received adequate training in the application of HACCP principles and for you and your staff to have been instructed or trained in food hygiene matters to a level appropriate to your jobs.
Prior to implementing your documented system a prerequisite programme should be in place which provides a sound foundation for your HACCP. Examples of prerequisites to consider would be
- Infra structure and equipment requirements
- Safe handling of food (including packaging and transport)
- Requirements for raw materials
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Pest control procedures
- The health of staff
- Personal hygiene
- Preventative maintenance procedures
- Incident/Recall management systems
Once you have put these prerequisites in place a process work flow for each of your products is advised. This requires you to think about where the raw materials are going to be stored and managed, stock control and rotation, how to avoid the raw materials coming into contact with the processed product, and where the finished product will be stored after production. An effective work flow diagram will also identify the process steps and help you with your HACCP programme.
If you wish to apply for approval under the above regulations you can download and complete an Application for Approval of Premises form (PDF, 1MB). You will need to provide details of your HACCP plan, a scale layout plan and a description of the proposed arrangements of your business.
Determination of the application will require a site visit and an officer will contact you within 14 days of receipt of the completed application in order to arrange this.
Food businesses must not commence any business activity which requires approval, unless they have received conditional or full approval for the proposed activity from the council. To commence business without approval is an offence for which the business may be prosecuted.
You will be advised in writing within 28 days following the determination of your application for approval.
No. It is in the public interest that Haringey Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable time frame, contact us.
In the event of your application being refused you will be notified of the reasons in writing and the matters necessary to satisfy approval requirements. You will also be advised of your right of appeal to the Magistrates Court.
Once your business is approved the Council will issue your business with a unique approval number which makes up part of the standard identification mark - this mark must be applied to your products and documentation. This is in the form of an oval mark containing a unique approval number which ensures that the products are traceable back to your company. You will then be added to the Food Standard Agency's list of approved establishments in the UK (external link).
If you have any further questions about approved premises, the approval process or feel that your business may require approval please contact the food team.
Commercial Environmental Health
Level 1 North - River Park House
225 High Road
Tel 020 8489 1335
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