EU Exit – Information & Advice for Food Businesses

The UK is leaving the EU and this means businesses may need to prepare for change. Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority. However, the Government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action.

Government departments have published advice on the steps that food businesses may need to take to prepare for exit from the EU.  Businesses should visit https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/ to check how they will be affected and what actions they can take to prepare. Advice from the Food Standards Agency can also be found at https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/prepare-your-business-for-the-uk-leaving-the-eu

Important Guidance:

  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Checks – Advice on Live Animals Transiting the GB Landbridge can be found here
  •  Guidance on Bringing Live Animals to NI from EU via the GB Landbridge can be found here

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

Businesses within the Agri-Food sector can get all the latest updates on EU Exit from DAERA at or call its helpline.

DAERA have created a marketing standards Q&A guide which can be found here.

Food And Drink Labelling Changes

How food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels from 1 January 2021.

Guidance On Health And Identification Marks

Guidance on the health and identification marks that must be applied to products of animal origin, such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk, after the end of the EU Transition Period.

If you require any further information regarding the movement of food after January 2021, Please contact the Environmental Health Department.