Hygiene regulations for egg packers

All egg packers must comply with certain rules and regulations which govern the production of safe food. These regulations have their origins in European legislation and are designed to ensure consumers are protected by requiring food businesses adhere to them.

Enforcement of food hygiene regulations

Within the UK, the Food Standards Agency is known as the Central Competent Authority for implementing the Food Hygiene Regulations.  This involves making food businesses aware of their legal responsibilities, providing guidance on complying with the regulations and also implementing a system of official controls such as inspections, audits and testing.

In Northern Ireland, DAERA Agri-food Inspection Branch (AfIB) carries out this work on behalf of the Food Standards Agency. Within AfIB, the Egg Inspectorate Team carries out inspections and provides guidance on legislation relating to egg packers.  

As a food business it is important to keep in mind that the hygiene regulations are there to protect consumers, not to inconvenience food businesses.  It is also worth remembering that the responsibility for meeting the legal requirements rests with the food business operator.

Compliance with food hygiene regulations

At the beginning of 2006 a package of new consolidated EU food hygiene regulations came into force. The regulation set out the responsibilities of food business operators, the required standards for premises, plant and product and the control systems to be applied to ensure compliance with this legislation. The regulations include: 

As a food business it is important that you are familiar with the legislation and understand clearly what you are required to do to comply with it.

Approval and registration of egg packers

EU Hygiene legislation requires all food businesses to be either approved or registered.

For guidance on whether your business needs to be registered or approved please contact AFIB inspectors listed below.

If you need to be approved the AFIB inspector will provide you with the relevant application form for completion.

To apply for registration please print form R006, or if making changes to an existing registration please print form R083 complete the relevant sections and return to:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Agri-food Inspection Branch
Room 1018
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road

AFIB contacts for egg packers

Head of Egg Inspectorate

John Martin
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Agri-food Inspection Branch
Room 1025
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Tel: 028 9052 4095
E-mail: john.martin@daera-ni.gov.uk

Egg Inspectorate

Mr Francis Kelly
Crown Buildings
36 Thomas Street
BT70 1HR
Tel: 028 8775 4855
E-mail: Francis.kelly@daera-ni.gov.uk

Mrs Julie Glass
Atek Building
Edenaveys Industrial Estate
Newry Road
BT60 1NF
Tel: 028 3752 9073
E-mail: Julie.glass@daera-ni.gov.uk
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