Food Act, 2006 (Finland)
Section 13 – Notification of food premises and application for approval as a food establishment
(352/2011) (1) A food business operator shall notify the control authority referred to in section 14 of the food premises in writing no later than four weeks before beginning the operations or substantial changes in them (notified food premises). (2) By derogation from subsection 1, a food business operator who engages in operations for which approval of food premises is required under Article 4(2) of the Foodstuffs of Animal Origin Hygiene Regulation shall apply for the approval of food premises as an establishment from a control authority laid down in section 15 before beginning the operations or substantial changes in them.(3) However, no application for approval as an establishment is required for food premises in which a primary production operator practises the manufacture of food which is minor as regards the risks to food safety. Operations under paragraphs d and e of Article 1(3) of the Foodstuffs of Animal Origin Hygiene Regulation and operations to which the national adaptations under Article 10 apply are also considered as operations which are minor as regards the risks to food safety. A notification under subsection 1 is required on such food premises. (4) The control authority shall be notified without delay of the interruption or termination of the operations of food premises referred to in subsections 1 – 3 above and a change of the operator. (5) The approval of food premises or, if no approval is required, beginning the operations is subject to the precondition that the food premises comply with the requirements laid down in Article 10 and under it. The operations of an establishment may not be started or substantially changed without the approval by an authority. (6) A notification referred to in subsection 1 above is not required when the risks associated with the activity are minimal as regards food safety and 1) food business operations take place in the same premises as the other business activity of the operator; 2) the operator is a private person; or 3) the operations cannot be considered as business activity. (7) Further provisions on the notification and application for the approval as well as operations considered minor as regards the risks to food safety are issued by Government Decree.
Section 22 – Notification of the place of primary production (352/2011) (1) Food business operators shall notify the municipal control authority of the place of primary production and the operations practised there. In addition to the operations under Annex I to the General Food Hygiene Regulation, the conveyance of primary products from the producer directly to the consumer with minimal risks as regards food safety is considered primary production. The municipal control authority shall notify the operator of having received notification of the place of primary production. (2) Notification of a place of primary production is not required, however, if the municipal control authority receives the information from another public authority. The municipal control authority shall notify the operator of having received information about the place of primary production from another public authority. (3) A notification referred to in subsection 1 above is not required for hunting, conveyance of wild game directly to the consumer referred to in subsection 1 and primary production of wild plants and mushrooms. (4) A notification referred to in subsection 1 above is also not required for the primary production of plants and mushrooms, if: 1) the operator is a private person; or 2) the operations cannot be considered as business activity. (5) Further provisions on the notification referred to in subsection 1 and conveyance with minimal risks as regards food safety as well as national arrangements concerning operations referred to in point c of Article 1(2) of the General Food Hygiene Regulation and point c of Article 1(3) of the Foodstuffs of Animal Origin Hygiene Regulation are issued byGovernment Decree.
Elintarvikelaki 13.1.2006/23, Food Act 13.1.2006/23
|Policy area||Food safety|
|Products||Bark/cork, Berries, Foliage, Fruits, Game, Herbs/plants, Honey and Bee products, Minor fauna, Mushrooms/truffles, Nuts, Vegetable NWFP|
|Zone||North East Europe|
|Regions (NUTS 2)||North Karelia|
|Focus on NWFP|