If you are thinking of setting up a food business, whether in your home or at a commercial premises in ireland, there is certain legislation that you must comply with. Our team of Irish lawyers can inform you on the main aspects that must be respected.
In Ireland all businesses that handle, prepare or sell food are required to register with their local council before opening. This includes those trading from home, temporary premises such as market stalls and vans. It also applies to those who supply catering services. This is to ensure that the company meets strict requirements that are aimed at the safety of food.
Depending on the type of business you are running, you may also be required to obtain licences and permits to operate legally. These vary widely by industry and type of business. You will need to check with the relevant authority for more information about which types of licences and permits you will be required to have.
It is important to understand that it is a criminal offence for a person to run a food business without being properly registered. In addition, you are likely to be subject to inspections by the local environmental health service to check that the business is operating safely. The frequency of these inspections will depend on the type of food being produced. In some instances, the business may be required to have an approved licence from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or from a veterinary service.