EU approval of food establishments Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you wish to place products of animal origin or sprouts on the market, you may need a licence before starting your activity. If you run a business that belongs to the following categories (not exhaustive), you need an approval for the corresponding activity: Meat: Slaughterhouses Cutting plants Establishment producing minced meat, meat preparations or meat products Seperator meat producers Meat processing plants Game processing plants Live mussels: Shipping centers Cleaning centers Fishing concessions: Freezer and factory ships Crab cutter Holdings producing fishery products Dairy and dairy products: Holdings producing heat-treated milk and milk products from raw milk Holdings producing dairy products from already processed milk products (e.g. butter from pasteurised cream, cheese from pasteurised milk or milk powder) Milk collection points Egg products Egg pre-treatment plants Egg spreads Egg processing plant Egg cooking plants Egg packing points Frog legs and snails Plants that prepare and/or process frog legs and snails Exuberant animal fats and greaves Companies that collect, store or process the raw materials Stomach and blisters Plants treating blisters, intestines and stomachs gelatine Companies that collect the raw materials Plants producing edible gelatine collagen Companies that collect the raw materials Companies producing collagen germination Plants that produce sprouts Refrigerated warehouses that store food of animal origin in a cool or frozen Kitchens and large kitchens that do not deliver food directly to the end user Establishments in which the said products are again covered, irrespective of whether such activity is carried out in conjunction with other activities such as cutting or dismembering If you only carry out primary production, carry out transport activities, store products (which do not require temperature control) or carry out certain retail activities, you do not need a food company approval. This also applies if you fall within the concept of retail and the supply of food of animal origin is a secondary activity (maximum one third of the production volume is handed over to other retailers) at local level (radius ? 100 km).

Formal written application for authorisation with the following content: Applicant (company, person) Name, street, postcode and place of operation to be admitted Presentation of the activities for which the establishment is to be authorised Operating mirror (each A + B) Confirmation of business registration Information from the Federal Central Register Information from the Business Central Register Current floor plan plan of your plant taking into account all premises. A clear identification of all premises on the plan and their use (by numbers or keywords), for example by means of legend as well as the drawing of the respective doors or gates Machine layout plan as well as route of the personnel and description of the production flow (integration into the floor plan is possible here) Keyword-like description of production processes, taking into account the production categories and numbered premises


Formal written application for authorisation with the following content: Applicant (company, person) Name, street, postcode and place of operation to be admitted Presentation of the activities for which the establishment is to be authorised Operating mirror Information sheet on the procedure of the approval check

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Preconditions
Registration of the trade Approval required under the Federal Immission Protection Act if necessary Registration as a food establishment with your competent veterinary office in the district/district-free town
In order to initiate the authorisation procedure, an informal written application for authorisation is required. After submitting the application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. Once all documents have been submitted in full, the veterinary surgeons of the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) will be inspecting the operation in cooperation with representatives of the municipal food inspection offices. Approval shall, where appropriate, be granted orally directly during the authorisation control. If defects are found in the establishment inspected by LAVES, no authorisation is granted or a temporary authorisation is granted for three months. Subsequently, a further check is carried out. If deficiencies are found again, the last authorisation, limited to three months, may be granted for the last time. After further operational inspection, the application is either rejected (deficiencies remain) or an indefinite approval notice is issued.

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Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety

Last update or date of publication
28.08.2020