Food Premises Approval
If a business makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin for supply to other businesses, then the food business and its activities in most circumstances must be approved by the Wrexham County Borough Council Food Safety Team.
Food of animal origin includes:
- Meat and poultry – whether fresh, frozen or cooked
- Meat products such as pies, sausage rolls, faggots, black pudding and bacon
- Raw or partially cooked minced meat or meat preparations such as sausages, burgers, marinated raw meat and kebab meat
- 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, bladders and intestines
- Honey and blood
Food businesses must not commence any business activity which requires approval, unless they have received conditional or full approval for the proposed activity from Wrexham Council’s Food Safety Team. To commence business without approval is an offence for which the business is likely to be prosecuted.
To obtain approval you will need to meet certain hygiene standards, set out in:
Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 Hygiene Rules for Food of Animal Origin and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 Hygiene of Foodstuffs
Approval will not be given unless the food business meets the required standards. To apply for approval you should contact Wrexham Council’s Food Safety Team and complete an Application for Approval form.
Should the business be exempted from the requirement to be approved, it will then need to be registered with Wrexham Council’s Food Safety Team. The food business operator needs to complete and return a Food Business Registration Form.
There are some exemptions from the requirement to be approved. If the food business supplies food of animal origin to the final consumer, i.e. the person who eats the food product, they are exempt from the requirement for approval.
Additionally, there may be an exemption based on the extent to which the business wishes to supply food of animal origin to other businesses.