EU food hygiene regulations apply to all farmers and growers. The laws you should be aware of are:
- hygiene of foodstuffs regulation
- the food safety order
- food law and European Food Safety Authority regulation
- general food safety regulations
Food hygiene legislation applies to farmers, growers and other primary producers as part of the 'farm to fork' approach to food safety.
If you are a farmer or grower, you need to follow good hygiene practices and manage your operations in a way that controls food safety problems or 'hazards'. If your business produces dairy or egg products, there are specific rules that apply to this. You must also continue to comply with other rules, for example, on veterinary medicines and pesticides. If you are a primary producer, you are not required to have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.
Primary producers must also be registered with the competent authority.