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Brexit For Butchers


Trade from 1st January 2021
With no-deal looking more likely it is possible we will see price and supply volatility in the New Year.
Let us know your experiences and we will feed this into discussions with government officials.
Labelling Changes
Unless you export to an EU country, or supply another business in Northern Ireland, there are no immediate changes to consider.
For food sold domestically within GB there is to be a period of adjustment until 30 September 2022.
The government have stressed that any required labelling changes will be implemented in a way which supports businesses as they adapt to changing requirements over time.
There are very few changes or new requirements affecting loose weight sales or foods pre-packed for direct sale. Changes on pre-packs are also minimal and involve:
• FBO name and address
• EU Logo
• EU Organic Logo
• Country of Origin
• Health and ID Marks (see below)
We will inform all members in good time on the full details of these changes. You can access the current government guidance “Food and drink labelling changes from 1 January 2021” HERE
This document also includes further links to various connected information including guidance to businesses who export to EU countries or Northern Ireland.
Health and Identification Marks
• New arrangements for approved slaughterhouses, cutting plants and meat products/preparations premises start at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.
• The main alteration will be changing EU for GB. 
• Products already “placed on the market” will not need re-labelling/stamping if still in transit or being marketed by the end user.
• Identification marks on labels etc fixed to packaging/wrapping on meat products intended for domestic market only (Not for Export) will not need to change immediately on News Year Eve. There will be an adjustment period of 21 months.
• New GB labels will become compulsory on 1st October 2022, but businesses can introduce new labelling at any stage during the adjustment period.
• Health stamps on carcases, applied by FSA will change on 31 December 2020.
• There are slightly different arrangements for trade with Northern Ireland. 
Employing Foreign Nationals (including EU nationals)
Immigration and employment law is changing. Please see the advice from Peninsula here: