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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Licence - butchers shop

Service outline:

The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) (Butchers' Shops) Amendment Regulation 2000 introduced the need for certain retail premises to obtain an annual licence from their local authority. From 1 November 2000, it is a criminal offence to operate a butcher's shop without a licence.

Premises that wish to sell unwrapped raw meat together with ready-to-eat food must have a licence from the Council.

Typically this means most retail butchers' shops, mobile shops, market stalls grocers or supermarkets containing a butchery counter.

In order to obtain a licence the premises themself and the systems and practices that the trader utilises must meet minimum hygiene and safety standards.

Licence conditions

There are three main conditions required for the licence:

  1. Compliance with food law.
  2. Formal training of all staff. Minimum qualification of the Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene (or equivalent) for all staff and at least one member of staff who will normally be the on-site supervisor, with at least Intermediate or level 2 Food Hygiene training or the Meat and Livestock Commission 's Meat Manager's Hygiene and HACCP course.
  3. Operation of fully documented Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point food safety management system.

When and how to apply for a licence

A completed application form must be submitted at least 28 days before the licence is required e.g. 28 days before an existing licence expires or before you wish to start trading.

Once we received your completed application form, we may contact you to clarify the details given and to arrange an inspection.

A fee is payable.

Trading without a licence

It is illegal to trade without a licence. The Council has the power to prosecute anyone trading unlawfully without a licence or in breach of their licence. Upon conviction, the Court may impose a fine of up to £5,000 plus legal costs.
The Law

Food Safety (General Food Hygiene)(Butcher's Shops) Amendment Regulations 2000 * Food Standards Agency launch Butchers Licensing law

Key contacts

Contact: RVBC Environmental Health Department

Telephone: 01200 414464

Visit: RVBC Environmental Health Department
RVBC, Church Walk, Clitheroe

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