Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

If your business deals in food, or animal feed, your responsibility to make sure it is safe will remain a requirement of law from day one of the UK leaving the EU. For most businesses, the current requirements of food and feed law will continue to apply with no or limited changes.
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Current requirements:

We will keep this page updated so you and other businesses can find out about any change which means you may have to do some things differently. 

Get ready for Brexit

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.

Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. They will then start to negotiate new arrangements. There would be a transition period to prepare for new rules.

The UK could still leave with no deal if the withdrawal agreement is not approved by 31 January 2020, or at the end of a transition period.

Visit Get ready for Brexit and use the information to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business or organisation and what you can do to get ready.

FSA guidance:

Defra guidance includes:

Department of Health and Social Care guidance:

An update on health and identification marks

After the UK leaves the EU changes will need to be made to the health and identification (ID) marks on certain food products of animal origin (POAO) .

Following a consultation exercise with the food industry, discussions with the European Commission, and agreement with Defra the final design for the new health and ID marks has been agreed. This will ensure the UK continues to have the ability to export POAO to the EU.

Food business operators that export animal products to the EU

The EU would need to list the UK as a third country and give us approval to export products of animal origin (POAO) to the EU, if there is a no-deal Brexit. This would be for products such as meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products. Read the guidance via the link below. This tells businesses about the information they need to provide. It would be included on the list for approval by the EU to allow UK businesses to export POAO to the EU.

Preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ Brexit

This partnership pack is designed to help intermediaries and trade bodies support businesses preparing for day one if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The pack provides a high-level guide to customs processes and procedures that are likely to apply in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

EU food and animal feed legislation

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provides that, when we leave the EU, certain directly applicable EU legislation will be converted into UK law. 

The Act is designed to ensure the UK exits the EU with certainty, continuity and control. It will provide a functioning statute book on the day we leave the EU and maximise certainty for individuals and businesses. The powers in the Act will ensure that, whatever the outcome of negotiations, the statute book can continue to function.

The Act also provides powers to make corrections to retained EU law, so that it operates effectively as UK law. These corrections will be made by way of statutory instruments (SIs), which the FSA and other government departments are preparing. 

Our SIs have been made using powers under the Act. This follows our consultation on a proposed approach to retained EU law for food and feed safety and hygiene. The SIs would be needed if there is a no-deal Brexit. All exit related statutory instruments are published on, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title. 

How the FSA is preparing for Brexit

Leaving the EU doesn’t change our top priority which is to ensure that UK food remains safe and what it says it is. The FSA is working hard to ensure that the high standard of food safety and consumer protection we enjoy in this country is maintained when the UK leaves the EU. From day one we are committed to having in place a robust and effective regulatory regime which will mean business can continue as normal. 

FSA Board meetings and Brexit

Month of meeting Details
January 2020
September 2019
June 2019
March 2019
December 2018
September 2018
June 2018
September 2017