Food premises approvals

1. Overview

If a food business makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin (FOAO) for supply to other businesses then, in most cases, the food business and its activities will need to be approved.

If a business supplies FOAO to the final consumer i.e. the person who eats it then they are exempt from approval.

Foods of animal origin include:

  • meat and poultry, whether fresh frozen or cooked
  • meat products such as pies, sausage rolls, black pudding, bacon
  • raw or partially cooked minced meat or meat preparations such as sausages, burgers
  • fish and fish products such as fish fingers, prawns, lobsters, crabs and crayfish – whether dead or alive
  • live bivalve molluscs
  • ready meals containing fish or meat
  • milk and dairy products such as butter, cream, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream etc
  • frogs legs and snails
  • rendered animal fats and other animal by products such as gelatine, collagen, stomachs etc
  • honey and blood

For further information visit the Food Standards Agency website.