The UK Food Standards Agency is contacting relevant poultry, pig and animal feed groups about changes to the approvals process for establishments that require approval under European Union food or feed hygiene legislation.

A High Court judgment and Judicial Review established that premises that have changed food business operators since January 2006, and those that do so in the future, require a new approval in order to operate. The ruling applies to all approved establishments, such as slaughterhouses, fish processing establishments and game handling establishments, whether or not the nature of their business has changed.

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To allow time for interested parties to adjust to the ruling, the agency plans to implement changes to its approval process beginning on Jan. 31, 2012.