Setting Up a Food Processing Establishment, Cold Store & Slaughterhouse
Before applying for a licence to operate a food processing establishment, coldstores and slaughter-house, you are required to register with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) under the Business Registration Act (Cap. 32); or in the case of a company, incorporated or registered under the Companies Act (Cap. 50). To register, please click here.
A licence from AVA is required before you can carry out any food processing or storage for wholesale distribution.
A food processing establishment licence is required if you are carrying out any processing activities to the food products. A food processing establishment which is carrying out processing of meat and/or seafood products falls under “Meat and/or Fish processing establishment”. Other manufacturing activities including central kitchen and repacking of food products falls under “Other Processed Food. If you are storing meat and seafood products without any processing activities, a coldstore licence is required.
All food processing establishments, cold stores and slaughterhouses have to comply with the Wholesome Meat and Fish Act, Sale of Food Act and the licensing conditions.
Step 1: Check suitability of premise's location
Food processing premises, cold stores and slaughterhouses should be located within a food zone area. You may refer to the list of food zone list here. If the site or building is found unsuitable, you will have to source for another location.
Step 2: Apply to AVA for a licence
Apply to AVA for a licence via online at the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website once the site is suitable. The following documents are required for AVA’s preliminary evaluation. The application and licence fees are indicated under “Fees and Charges”.
AVA will contact you upon receiving the application. AVA will assess the proposed plans and provide professional advice.The premises must be designed in a way that allows one directional flow to prevent cross-contamination between raw and finished products in compliance with AVA's food safety requirements.
Any shortcomings and appropriate decision will be conveyed verbally during the site inspection. The submitted proposal will be evaluated and an approval notification will be sent to you for commencement of renovation works once the documents are in order.
Step 3: Final Inspection
You will be required to contact AVA upon completion of renovation. A final inspection will be carried out at the premises before issuance of licence. Any non-conformances at this stage will affect the licence approval.
The following additional documents are to be submitted during the final inspection:
|Type of programme
|Programme to include maintenance procedures. Draw up schedules for maintaining all equipment, fitting, building and work areas.
|Cleaning and sanitation programme
|It should include these areas and items:
- equipment to be cleaned
- frequency of cleaning
- method of cleaning
- staff responsible for each specific task
- monitoring arrangements
||Draw up a waste management plan. Waste material should be handled in a manner that avoids contamination to food. To prevent accumulation, waste should be removed from food handling areas frequently and at least once daily.
Waste storage facilities, receptacles and equipment should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
|Pest control programme
||It has to be both an effective and continuous program for control of pests. Control measures involving treatment with chemical, physical or biological agents should only be undertaken by or under the direct supervision of a qualified personnel.
|Transportation of finished products
||To include details of the mode of transport for the finished products – the internal construction and the temperature setting of the compartment of the vehicle. All finished products should be transported in covered vehicles under appropriate conditions to prevent deterioration or contamination to the products.
|Personal particulars and academic experience of the appointed hygiene officer
|Officer must be trained and qualified in food hygiene. Responsibilities include overseeing plant sanitation, good hygiene practices and other matters concerning food safety. You can refer to the Form for Particulars of Hygiene Officer to submit the particulars of the appointed hygiene officer.
|Particulars of food handlers
||Food production employees (refers to personnel engaged in supervising the preparation of any food in a food establishment).
You can refer to the Form for Food Handlers to submit the particulars of the food handlers.
|Leased (tenancy) agreement
||A copy of the leased (tenancy) agreement of the premises (if applicable) is required
Step 4 : Licence Approval
The application for the new licence will be approved via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) system and you will be able to print the licence online upon payment of the licence fee . The details of the approved activities will be printed on the licence.
If you intend to carry out additional trades in the future, you have to write in to AVA for approval. Please refer to Responsibilities of Food Establishment Operators for more information.