Privacy notice for approved meat establishments and applications for approval

Information on our privacy notice for approved meat establishments and establishments applying to operate as approved meat establishments, why we require data, what we do with the data and your rights.
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Why we need it

The Food Standards Agency will be what is known as the ‘Controller’ of the personal data provided to us. The personal information we hold on you consists of the name and address of your business and associated contact details such as your suppliers/hauliers.

We obtain this information from a number of sources, including direct individuals, industry bodies, local authorities and any other relevant government departments

We need to collect this information for the purposes of fulfilling our statutory obligations under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 in relation to feed and food official controls, animal health and animal welfare rules.

What we do with it

We retain personal information only for as long as necessary to carry out these functions, and in line with our retention policy. This means that this information will be retained for the duration of the approval and for 10 years after closure of an establishment.

All the personal data we process is located on servers within the European Union. Our cloud based services have been procured through the government framework agreements and these services have been assessed against the national cyber security centre cloud security principles.

No third parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so. In line with this commitment your information may be passed to other government departments. The Food Standards Agency will sometimes share data with other government departments, public bodies, and organisations which perform public functions to assist them in the performance of their statutory duties or when it is in the public interest.

The name and address of any approved meat establishments are published on the Find open data website.

Your rights

You have a right to see the information we hold on you by making a request in writing to the email address below. If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to have it corrected. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter.

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).