This product recall has highlighted the importance of the mandatory requirement to seek premises approval before any food handling commences.
The current EU Food hygiene regulations (853/2004) are quite clear on this. A submission for approval needs to be sent to the local authority – this will contain details such as:
- Details of products to be handled
- Management and site contact details
- Copy HACCP Plan
- Details of implemented or proposed “pre-requisite” controls such as pest control arrangements, waste collection, site water supply, staff health and hygiene procedures and maintenance among others.