Approved red, poultry, and game meat establishments

Lists of meat establishments that are approved to slaughter and/or cut meat.

These are as follows:

  • domestic ungulates: cattle, calves, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, water buffalo and horses
  • poultry: farmed birds (chicken, turkey, duck, geese, guinea fowl, quail)
  • lagomorphs: rabbits, hares and rodents
  • farmed game: farmed deer, farmed boar and ratites (flightless birds: e.g. ostrich, rhea, emu)
  • wild game (includes wild birds, wild lagomorphs, wild ungulates and wild land mammals)

The meat establishments listed below are subject to Regulations (EC) 852/2004 and (EC) 853/2004 and must be approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), in order to operate, unless they meet the exemption criteria in Regulation (EC) 853/2004:

  • Slaughterhouses
  • Farm slaughter facilities
  • Game Handling establishments
  • Cutting plants

These establishments are subject to official controls enforced and executed by the FSA.

When co-located with an approved slaughterhouse, cutting plant or Game Handling establishment, the following associated activities are also approved by the FSA (when stand-alone, they are approved by the local authority):

  • Minced meat, meat preparations and mechanically separated meat establishments
  • Processing plants (meat products, rendered animal fats and greaves, treated stomach, bladders, intestines, gelatine, collagen)
  • Cold stores
  • Re-wrapping establishments

List of meat establishments

These meat establishments are operating under Regulation (EC) No 852/2004, Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and are either conditionally approved or approved.

Please note that:

  • the former Farmed Game Handling Facilities are now known as On Farm Slaughter Facilities
  • the former Farmed Game Processing Facilities are now known as Slaughterhouses the activities of which are limited to the dressing of carcasses
  • the former Wild Game Processing Facilities are now known as Game Handling Establishments
  • the coldstores and re-wrapping centres listed are on the same site as a slaughterhouse, cutting plant or game handling establishment.

The list of establishments is updated monthly, in Microsoft Excel format:

Meat of domestic ungulates

Meat from poultry and lagomorphs

Meat of farmed game

Wild game meat

For further information about approved meat establishments across the UK please contact:

England and Wales
Approvals and Registrations Team
Room 112 Foss House
Kings Pool
Peasholme Green
York YO1 7PR
tel: 01904 232060
fax: 01904 232 229
email: approvals@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Northern Ireland
Meat Hygiene Team
FSA Northern Ireland
10A-C Clarendon Road
Belfast BT1 3BG
tel: 02890 417700
fax: 02890 417726
email: executive.support@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Food hygiene legislation

For further details about these Regulations, please consult the 'Meat Industry Guide (MIG): food hygiene and other regulations for the UK meat industry', see link below.

Further information

Further information on Approved Establishments for other Member and EEA States is available from the EUROPA website.