Hygiene legislation requires all slaughterhouses to keep meat below 7°C before it is transported. ‘Above temperature’ or ‘warm’ meat is meat that reaches 7°C and above before it’s transported to authorised establishments.
You can apply for an authorisation to transport partially chilled meat above this temperature if the requirements in Regulation 2017/1981 are met.
You can also apply for an authorisation to transport above temperature meat for the production of specific products if there is a technological reason why the meat does not need to be reduced to below the legal requirement.
Guidance designed for industry can be found below.
EU references in FSA guidance documents
The FSA is updating all EU references, to accurately reflect the law now in force, in all new or amended guidance published since the Transition Period ended at the end of 2020. In some circumstance it may not always be practicable for us to have all EU references updated at the point we publish new or amended guidance.
Other than in Northern Ireland, any references to EU Regulations in this guidance should be read as meaning retained EU law. You can access retained EU law via HM Government EU Exit Web Archive (Opens in a new window). This should be read alongside any EU Exit legislation that was made to ensure retained EU law operates correctly in a UK context. EU Exit legislation is on legislation.gov.uk (Opens in a new window). In Northern Ireland, EU law will continue to apply in respect to the majority of food and feed hygiene and safety law, as listed in the Northern Ireland Protocol (Opens in a new window), and retained EU law will not apply to Northern Ireland in these circumstances.
To apply for an authorisation to transport warm meat you need to contact one of our Official Veterinarians. They will discuss the application process with you and requirements that need to be met.
After authorisation is granted
Once an authorisation has been granted it may be amended, suspended or revoked if we are not satisfied that the right conditions are being met.
Where an amendment, suspension or cancellation is issued, you will have the right to appeal this decision.
You can make an appeal by writing to the Approvals Team within 20 working days of the date of the notice.
During the appeals process you must stop transportation of warm meat to establishments that were previously included in your authorisation.
The appeal will be investigated by a Field Veterinary Leader and the outcome will be communicated to you and to the Official Veterinarian within 20 working days of the decision.