Food business

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A food business is a company whose activities relate to the different stages of food production, processing and distribution. A food business usually needs a physical location for its operation, which is referred to as food premises. Food premises refers to a building, premises or part thereof indoors or outdoors where food intended to be sold or otherwise conveyed is manufactured, stored, kept for sale, served or otherwise handled.

You must, as a rule, register your food business no later than four weeks prior to commencement of operations or material change in them. If foods of animal origin are handled on your food premises before being delivered for retail sale, you must apply for approval for your premises. In connection with the application, you must present your company’s own-check plan to the supervisory authority.

The operator ensures that the food premises comply with the requirements of the current food legislation. However, it is advisable to contact the Environmental Health Services already at the planning stage of the premises and activities, enabling us to provide advice and guidance regarding the premises and activities as well as the own-check requirements.

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We have collected additional sources of information on starting a food business and the requirements laid down in food legislation for activities and premises.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Services

City Council building, Suokatu 42, 70110 Kuopio

PO Box 1097, 70111 Kuopio

Food industry, approved food premises, contact material operators, primary production

Jaana Partanen

Food Inspector

Restaurants, cafés and industrial kitchens, mobile food premises, temporary food sales, bakeries

Anne Toivanen

Environmental Health Inspector

Food stores, wholesalers, food warehouses, primary production

Mikko Raatikainen

Environmental Health Inspector

Restaurants, cafés and industrial kitchens

Tarja Toivainen

Environmental Health Inspector

Restaurants, cafés and industrial kitchens, food transport

Laura Paldanius

Environmental Health Inspector

Pirkko Marin

Environmental Health Inspector