The European Community's food and feed hygiene legislation (the Hygiene Package) came into effect across all Member States from 01 January 2006. The Hygiene Package revises and consolidates legislation in relation to:
Food and feed hygiene
Control and marketing of products of animal origin
Animal health issues in relation to the production of those products.
The Hygiene Package was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Food and Feed Hygiene) Regulations 2009, S.I. 432 of 2009 and more recently revised in 2020 (S.I. 22 of 2020).
Since January 2006, the Department has been carrying out inspections of all existing and new meat establishments for approval under the Hygiene Package (as provided for in S.I. 22 of 2020). The list of establishments approved under S.I. 22 of 2020 are below.
Information note on the approval process for meat processing establishments