What is a Food packaging Licence?
If you are a catering business or provide the sale of loose food, then you will require a Food packaging Licence.
While technically not a licence, it is a legal requirement for business to properly label all food items that are to be sold to the public. Labelling on all food items is required so in order for customers to make informed decisions on what they consume, and to ensure that diet, allergies and personal taste are catered for. Labelling must be clear and easy to read, easy to understand, easily visible and in no way misleading to the consumer.
Food labelling must also list the ingredients, as well displaying certain warnings for those with allergies.
If you wrap or package food as part of your business then you must ensure that all food goods are wrapped accordingly so as to prevent the threat of contamination.
REMEMBER – It is a criminal offensive to mislabel food goods and can result in the offending business being prosecuted.
How to apply for a Food packaging Licence
Businesses can find out more information about food packaging regulations and the specifics that are required when labelling food goods at the Official UK Government Website.
While not mandatory, there is a free UK Government e-learning training course developed by the Food Standards Agency with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department of Health, that can be completed for those who wish to know more about labelling legislation and the legal requirements when packaging food.
The course can be accessed via the Official Food Standard Agency Website.