Approved Food Establishments

Establishments handling, preparing or producing products of animal origin for which requirements are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, must be approved by the competent authority in accordance with Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 and Article 4 of Regulation 853/2004.

In addition, approval may be required for certain other establishments in accordance with Article 6(3)(c) of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004. This legal basis was used to impose approval of establishments producing sprouts in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 210/2013.

Enforcement of food law in food businesses and the approval of establishments under Regulation 853/2004 is divided between the FSA and Local Authorities, depending on the nature of the food business. The FSA is responsible for the approval of all slaughterhouses, cutting plants and approved game handling establishments, and associated meat processing activities carried out on site at these establishments.

Local Authorities are responsible for the approval of establishments which process or handle food using other products of animal origin including meat processing where it is not co-located with an FSA-approved slaughter, cutting or game establishment, fishery products, milk and dairy products, live bivalve molluscs and eggs.

Guidance for Local Authorities on the approval of establishments can be found below. Local Authorities are also responsible for the registration of other food businesses which do not require approval, including retailers and caterers.

For ease of reference, the lists of approved food establishments are published in the order of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004. A Section 0 has been added to cover establishments with general activity and which cannot be placed under one of the other specific Sections mentioned below.

These sections are set out below. Under each section you will find the lists of that type of establishment for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


* Please note that where an approval number is shown on one of these lists without a two-letter prefix, that establishment is approved by the Food Standards Agency's Operations Group rather than a local authority.

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