Approved Food Businesses
If you operate a food business within
the district you must, by law, register your premises with the
environmental health service at Bromsgrove District Council at
least 28 days before opening.
In addition if your food business makes,
prepares or handles food of animal origin for supply to other
businesses then, in most circumstances, the food business and its
activities must be approved
by the Council.
To obtain approval you will need to meet certain hygiene
standards, set out in:
Link to Regulation (EC) No
853/2004 Hygiene Rules for Food of Animal
Link to Regulation (EC) No
852/2004 Hygiene of Foodstuffs
What are foods of animal origin?
- · 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
- · Live bivalve molluscs
- · Ready meals containing fish or
- · 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
- · Honey and blood
Which premises need to be approved?
All food premises making, 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, i.e. 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.
Some businesses are exempted based on supplying other retailers
on a marginal, localised and restricted basis.
Marginal is interpreted as a small part of your
establishment’s business usually up to a quarter of the business in
terms of food or less than 2 tonnes in terms of meat.
Localised is interpreted as meaning sales
within the supplying establishments own county plus the greater of
either the neighbouring county or counties or 30 miles from the
boundary of the supplying establishments county.
Restricted is interpreted as concerning only
certain types of products being made or establishments being
The question of whether a business is exempt is complicated and
will depend on actual business arrangements. If you have any doubts
about whether these exemptions apply to your business please
contact the food team using the contact details below.
What does being approved require me to
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)
The HACCP principles are:
Identify any hazards that must be prevented, eliminated or reduced
to acceptable levels
Identify the critical control points (CCP’s) at the steps at which
control is essential to prevent or eliminate a hazard
or to reduce it to
Establish a critical limit at those CCP’s which separate
acceptability from unacceptability for the prevention,
elimination or reduction of identified hazards
Establish and implement effective monitoring procedures at critical
Establish corrective actions when monitoring indicates a CCP is not
Establish procedures to verify that the above measures are working
Establish documents and records commensurate with the nature and
size of the food business to ensure that the above measures are
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 please contact the food
team using the contact 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
a) Cleaning and sanitation
b) Personal hygiene
c) Training for yourself and your employees
d) Pest control
e) Supplier quality assurance
f) Management of waste
g) Preventative maintenance programme
h) 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.
What do I do if I think my business require
If you think your food business may need approval please contact
the food team at Bromsgrove District Council to discuss your query
or to arrange for us to visit you. At the visit the need for
approval can be fully considered and how the business can best
comply with the requirements of the regulations can be discussed.
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
To ensure that you are complying with food labelling
requirements you may also need to contact the Trading Standards
Service at Worcestershire County Council
Link to Trading Standards Service at Worcestershire County
How do I apply for approval?
If it is determined that your business requires approval an
application form will be provided to you which you will need to
complete and return to us. There will be a certain amount of
information required to be sent back with the completed form. This
will include details of your HACCP plan, a scale lay out plan and a
description of the proposed arrangements of your business
- · Waste collection and
- · Water supply quality
- · Arrangements for
product testing (shelf life/microbiological/water)
- · Pest control
- · Arrangements for
monitoring staff health
- · Staff hygiene
- · Record keeping
- · Applying the
identification mark to product packaging or wrapping
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
You will be advised in writing within 28 days following the
determination of your application for approval.
Apply for approval
Refusal of approval
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.
What happens when my business is approved?
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 which 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.
Require any further
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.
To contact the food team at Bromsgrove
Telephone 01905 822799
E-mail us at email@example.com
Our address is Worcestershire
Regulatory Services, PO Box 866, Worcester WR1