Loddon Farmers Market
These guidelines are not a replacement to professional advice from your local Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officers and are intended only as a guide:
- With the exception of those selling only fresh fruit and vegetables, all food stallholders must hold a current basic food hygiene certificate. This should be on display at the market.
- All food stallholders must be registered as a food business with their Local Authority. There is no charge for this. Your environmental health officer will be happy to advise you on the relevant legislation.
- Those selling high-risk foods must use a suitable refrigeration unit to display their goods.
- Temperatures for food storage and display for the duration of the market and during transportation to and from the market;
- 8°C or below for refrigerated food on display.
- 63°C or above for hot food on display.
- -18°C is recommended for frozen food, which must be labelled as such.
- All stalls are expected to have a professional appearance.
- A high standard of cleanliness must be maintained at all times.
- Raw and cooked foods should always be kept apart so there is no risk of cross-contamination.
- Sensible steps should be taken not to contaminate food on sale.
Environmental Health is a service run by the various District Councils around the county. They have a duty to improve public health and safety within their district. This includes all aspects of food safety including food production, Farmers' Markets and direct sales. Your local authority Environmental Health Department will be happy to discuss any enquiries that you may have regarding environmental health and trading standards issues.
A “Food Safety Guidance for Farmers’ Market Traders” booklet is downloadable from the link below.