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Retail trade and catering

Retail trade and catering means marketing food directly to the consumer (including delivery of food without charge). For example, such activities include:

  • marketing of food in a store, online store, at events, market stalls, etc.;
  • preparing and serving food (including take-away) at a café, restaurant, school, hospital, etc.

Either an activity licence or a notice of economic activities is required for such activities.

Notice

Activity licence

  • sale of food which does not require a specific temperature
  • serving of food which does not require a specific temperature
  • retail trade of packaged ice cream
  • food trade in a movable or temporary handling site
  • preparation and/or serving of food in a movable or temporary handling site
  • preparation and serving of hot drinks (except in a beauty salon)
  • food trade in vending machines
  • sale of food which requires special temperature
  • serving of food which requires special temperature
  • preparation and/or serving of food which requires special temperature
  • processing, including preparation or packaging and marketing to another handler of food of animal origin in a movable and/or temporary handling site
  • sale of food in a movable undertaking in one sales area throughout the year

Notification is not required if food is prepared, stored, and packaged randomly (does not refer to certain continuity and organisation) by private persons (e.g. school and church fairs, public events, charity events). Such persons are not considered ‘undertakings’ and they are therefore not subject to hygiene requirements provided in legal acts of the European Union.

A notice of economic activities and an activity licence shall be submitted to the local office of the Veterinary and Food Board.

More information on notification and activity licences:

 

Last updated: 7 January 2020