About food manufacture approval

If you supply animal products, (meat, dairy, poultry, fish or shellfish, eggs etc) or foods with animal products in, (pies/pasties, sandwiches, cakes, quiches, dried/smoked/fermented meat products etc) you may need to have your business approved.

Approval is not necessary if you are mainly selling to the final consumer and you only supply small amounts of animal products to other food businesses in your local area, or for some food products which contain plant as well as animal ingredients.

You can speak to a food officer to see if your business qualifies for any of the exemptions.

If your business is of the nature or size that needs to be approved, you are committing an offence to supply animal products to other food or retail premises without approval. If you contact us and we have not replied within 14 days, please contact us again.

If you are planning to supply other businesses with animal products, we recommend you contact us for a visit so we can advise you on what you need to do to comply with the license requirements while you are still at the very early stage of planning. 

There is no charge for applying for food premises approval.

You must also tell us if you want to change what you are approved to do.

To apply, please get in touch via email.

Food manufacture approval

If your food business supplies other food businesses or retail businesses with meat, diary, fish or egg products, (products of animal origin) you may need food manufacture approval.

There is no charge for applying for food premises approval.

You must also tell us if you want to change what you are approved to do.

Before we can give you an approval you have to show us that you:-

  • have suitable premises
  • have in place a detailed, relevant and sufficient documented food safety management system
  • have suitably trained staff, including management staff with training in the development and maintenance of the food safety management system
  • have in place suitable provisions for maintenance, servicing, pest control
  • have arrangements for microbiological testing of the product, and the production environment.

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of ensuring and maintaining your registration and on the basis of public task and legal obligation under food safety and hygiene legislation.

Who will receive or see my personal information?

Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice.

When we receive your application an officer will contact you and arrange an appointment. 

If we are satisfied that your business satisfies the requirements we will issue you with a unique reference number which you must use to identify all your products.