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Businesses which produce any, or any combination, of the following need approval:
If you think your business falls under the above categories or may otherwise need approval please contact the Food Safety Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 028 9027 0468.
Approval of product-specific establishments is required by law. You can find out more about these regulations from the Food Standards Agency website (link opens in new window).
We must approve certain businesses that fall within the scope of these regulations. If the approval criteria are fully met, we issue the business with an approval number. Our staff notify the Food Standards Agency of all approved establishments, together with details of what activities they're approved for and their unique approval number.
If your business doesn't fall under these regulations, but you own, or are planning to open, a business which prepares, sells or handles food, you must register with us instead.
In general, retail premises don't have to apply for approval, unless they are specifically mentioned in the regulations.
There are also exemptions for retail businesses which supply food of animal origin to other retail businesses if the business is marginal, localised or restricted.
If you think your business may be exempt from the regulations, call our food safety team on 028 9027 0468 before submitting your application for approval.