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02/25/2015
 

What do I have to do before commencing production and sale of foodstuffs, from the point of view of CAFIA?

CAFIA checks only production of foodstuffs of different than animal origin. Supervision over production of foodstuffs of animal origin is fully under responsibility of the State Veterinary Administration of the CR – http://eagri.cz/public/web/en/svs/portal/.
Production and sale of foodstuffs is regarded as operation of a food business. As a “food business” is regarded a public or private enterprise, no matter whether profitable or non-profitable which carries out activities related to any stage of production, processing and distribution of foodstuffs.
General obligations of food producers and sellers:
  1. Both producer and seller shall have authorisation to conduct a business.
  2. Registration: It is only a notification duty laid down by Section 3 of Act No. 110/1997 Coll. Registration form could be found under this link (Notification of the food business operator on the commencement/termination of the performance of the subject of business). The completed form shall be sent to the local Inspectorate in the place of business of your company. Territorial responsibility of CAFIA Inspectorates including relevant contacts is available on CAFIA website in “Organisation Structure” section.
List of general legislation related to production and placing foodstuffs on the market:
European legislation:
  • Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety
  • Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, as amended – regulation provides for, inter alia, requirements related to food business area and equipment
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 of 15 November 2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs, as amended
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 of 19 December 2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs, as amended
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives, as amended
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1169/2011of the European Parliament and of the Councilof 25 October 2011on the provision of food information to consumers
National legislation:
  • Act No. 146/ 2002 Coll., on the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority, as amended
  • Act No. 110/1997 Coll., on Foodstuffs and Tobacco Products, as amended
National legislation is available in the Collection of Laws (applicable) or on the public administration portal www.portal.gov.cz. Several regulations can be found on our websites as well in Legislation section. Link to Legislation section is here. Wording of European legislation is available for example on http://eur-lex.europa.eu/cs/index.htm.
Overview of regulations related to food law and activities of CAFIA issued in the EC Official Journal in single periods is available under this link. (in Czech language only)