FSS Approved Establishments

Authorities in all European Union Member States have to approve establishments that handle, prepare or produce products of animal origin.

Approval of meat plants

EU member states must publish lists of approved establishments, each corresponding to a different food sector. Under food hygiene legislation, meat plants require our approval to operate, unless they benefit from specific exemptions.

We’re responsible for approving slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments, as those facilities require the presence of an Official Veterinarian. If a plant also has on-site cold stores, minced meat, meat preparation or meat products establishments, we need to approve these too. However, if they’re stand-alone establishments, your local authority will assess them.

Manual for Official Controls

The Manual for Official Controls (MOC) gives you details of the tasks, responsibilities and duties of our staff and veterinary contractors in approved establishments.

Approved premises in Scotland

Food Standards Scotland approve red and white meat slaughter houses, game handling establishments and cutting plants. If co-located with the previous mentioned operations FSS also approves other activities in relation to products of animal origin.

The full list of approved establishments can be found here.

Applying for approval

A food business can’t be considered for approval until we’ve carried out an assessment, a veterinary manager has made a recommendation, and the approval documentation has been issued to the food business operator.

To apply for approval to operate as a slaughterhouse, cutting plant or game handling establishment, please complete the Approval form or email approvals@fss.scot for an application pack.

When we are in receipt of the completed application and all supporting documentation, the Approvals team will make arrangements for a mutually agreed time for the veterinary manager to visit your establishment. The assessment visit will cover all structural, equipment, HACCP and hygiene requirements, and food businesses will have to meet all the relevant legal requirements of both Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 853/2004.

Official Controls Charging

As from 28 March 2022, the undertaking of all approval activity in meat establishments is now charged at an hourly rate of £72.51. This will include time spent by the officer on preparation, visiting establishments and report writing (travel time is not directly chargeable to the individual FBO but is accounted for in the hourly charge).

Find out more about charging.

Appealing a decision

If the premises are refused approval, you have a right to appeal to a sheriff against our decision. This is in accordance with Regulation 12 of the Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations 2009, as amended. The time limit for lodging an appeal is one month from the date of the decision.

Operations team
4th Floor
Food Standards Scotland
Pilgrim House
Old Ford Road
Aberdeen AB11 5RL

Email: openness@fss.scot
Tel: 01224 285100

Withdrawal of approval

We need to ensure that all food business operators of approved meat establishments are producing meat safely. Where we find this is not the case, we can recommend prompt withdrawal of approvals as the ultimate sanction.

Audit Report of Meat Establishments

Plant ID Business Name Local Authority Link to Audit Summary
1100 2 SISTERS FOOD GROUP LTD Perth and Kinross Council 1100 - 2 Sisters Poultry Ltd (t/a 2 Sisters Coupar Angus) - October 2019
1626 A K STODDART LTD West Lothian Council 1626  - A K Stoddart - September 2019
1541 A K STODDART LTD South Ayrshire Council 1541 -  A K Stoddart Ltd - May 2022
1685 ABERDEENSHIRE LARDER  LIMITED Aberdeenshire Council 1685 - Aberdeenshire Larder Limited - February 2020
1150 ALI CETIN, DOGAN KAYA, ERCAN KAYA T/A TURKISH DOUBLE DONER KEBAB COMPANY Glasgow City Council 1150  - Ali Cetin, Dogan Kaya, Ercan Kaya  (t.a The Double Doner Kebab Company)  (1150) - February 2020
1101 ANGLO BEEF PROCESSORS UK T/A ABP Perth Perth and Kinross Council 1101 - Anglo Beef Processors UK (t/a ABP Perth) - March 2019
1135 ARCHIBALD MACLEAN T/A GEARADHMOR Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1135 - Gearadhmor- November 2018
1735 AVONVOGIE ENTERPRISES LTD Argyll and Bute Council 1735 - Avonvogie  Enterprieses Ltd - September 2018
1152 B&M SAUSAGES LTD Glasgow City Council 1152 - B&M Sausages Ltd - July 2019
1757 BORDER MEATS LTD Dumfries and Galloway Council 1757 - Border Meats Limited - January 2020
1584 BORDER MEATS LTD T/A LOCKERBIE ABATTOIR Dumfries and Galloway Council 1584 - Border Meats (t/a Lockerbie Abattoir) - August 2019
1738 BRAEHEAD FOODS LTD East Ayrshire Council 1738 - Braehead Foods Ltd - February 2019
1530 BRAVEHEART BEEF (SCOTLAND) LTD Falkirk Council 1530 - Braveheart Beef (Scotland) Ltd - April 2022
1217 BROWNS FOOD GROUP T/A THE SCOTTISH GOURMET South Lanarkshire Council 1217 - Browns Food Group Limited (T/A The Scottish Gourmet) - November 2019
1704 BURNSIDE FARM FOODS Scottish Borders Council 1704 - Burnside Farm Foods  - May 2022
1222 CAFRO FOODS LTD Renfrewshire Council Audit Pending
1621 CAMPBELL BROTHERS LIMITED Midlothian Council 1621 - Campbell Brothers Ltd - September 2019
1648 CAMPBELLS PRIME MEAT LTD Falkirk Council 1648 - Campbells Prime Meat Ltd - September 2019
1751 CLANMILL LTD T/A ORIGINAL DONER KEBAB West Dunbartonshire Council 1751 - Clanmill Ltd (t/a Original Doner Kebab) - May 2019
1223 COUNTRYWIDE FOODS LTD South Lanarkshire Council Audit Pending
1699 CRAIGADAM COUNTRY LARDER Dumfries and Galloway Council 1699 - Craigadam Country Larder - June 2018
1742 DAVID KILLOH MEAT CO. LTD Aberdeenshire Council 1742 - David Killoh Meat Co. Ltd - December 2019
1226 DENNIS THOMSON (FRESH MEAT) LTD T/A THOMSONS FOODSERVICE Dumfries and Galloway Council Audit Pending
1110 DONALD RUSSELL LTD Aberdeenshire Council 1110 - Donald Russell Ltd - April 2022
1201 DOWNFIELD LIMITED Fife Council 1201 - Downfield Limited - December 2019
1219 EDINBURGH MEAT & POULTRY LTD City of Edinburgh Council Audit Pending
1743 EURO FAST FOOD DISTRIBUTION LTD South Lanarkshire Council 1743 - Euro Fast Food Distribution Ltd - March 2019
1176 FOODSTORE LTD T/A KING FOOD BUTCHERY Aberdeen City Council 1176 - Food Store Ltd (King Foods Butchery) - March 2022
1725 FRANK YORKE & GRANT YORKE T/A YORKES OF DUNDEE Dundee City Council 1725 - Yorkes of Dundee - February 2020
1214 FRESH SELECT LIMITED Glasgow City Council 1214 - Fresh Select Limited  - February 2020
1193 GORDON MCWILLIAM  (ABERDEEN) LIMITED Aberdeen City Council 1193 - Gordon McWilliam (Aberdeen) - November 2019
1727 GRANTS OF SPEYSIDE Highland Council 1727 - Grants of Speyside - December 2019
1529 HALL'S OF SCOTLAND LIMITED South Ayrshire Council 1529 - Halls of Scotland Limited - September 2019
1178 HIGHLAND GAME LIMITED Dundee City Council 1178 - Highland Game Limited - June 2019
1701 HUBERTUS GAME LTD Perth and Kinross Council 1701 - Hubertus Game Ltd - October 2019
1664 HUGH BLACK & SONS LTD West Lothian Council 1664 - Hugh Black & Sons Ltd - April 2022
1202 HUGH BLACK & SONS LTD North Lanarkshire Council 1202 - Hugh Black & Sons Ltd - August 2019
1661 J F FINLAY & COMPANY LTD North Lanarkshire Council 1661 - J F Finlay & Company - April 2022
1750 J GILMOUR & CO LIMITED East Lothian Council 1750 - J Gilmour & Co Limited - May 2019 
1225 JACKTON ESTATES LIMITED South Lanarkshire Council Audit Pending
1139 JAMEEL POULTRY LIMITED Glasgow City Council 1139 - Jameel Poultry Limited - December 2019
1107 JAMES CHAPMAN (BUTCHERS) LTD North Lanarkshire Council 1107 - James Chapman (Butchers Ltd) - September 2019
1516 JAMES CHAPMAN (BUTCHERS) LTD T/A SHOTTS ABATTOIR North Lanarkshire Council 1516 -  James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd - April 2020
1224 JB Foods (Scotland) Ltd Midlothian Council Audit Pending
1740 JOHN HENDERSON (MEAT SPECIALISTS) LTD Fife Council 1740 - John Henderson (Meat Specialists) Ltd - June 2019
1125 JOHN M MUNRO LTD Highland Council 1125 - John M Munro - April 2020
1686 JOHN MORRISON T/A LOCHMADDY SLAUGHTERHOUSE Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1686 - John Morrison (t.a Lochmaddy Slaughterhouse) - October 2018
1542 JOHN ROBERTSONS & SONS (HAMCURERS) LTD North Ayrshire Council 1542 - John Robertson & Sons (Hamcurers) Ltd -  May 2019 
1536 JOHN SCOTT MEAT (PAISLEY) LIMITED T/A JOHN SCOTT MEATS LTD - TBC Renfrewshire Council 1536 - John Scott Meat (Paisley) Limited  (t/a John Scott Meats Ltd) - June 2019
1533 JOHN SCOTT MEAT (PAISLEY) LIMITED T/A W M BOSOMWORTH Renfrewshire Council 1533 - John Scott Meat (Paisley) Limited (t/a W M Bosomworth) - January 2020
1546 JOHN SCOTT MEAT (PMP) LTD Renfrewshire Council 1546 - A P Jess (Paisley) Ltd - April 2019
1106 KEPAK GROUP LTD T/A MCINTOSH DONALD Aberdeenshire Council 1106 - Kepak Group Ltd  (t/a McIntosh Donald) - March 2022 
1647 KEZIE LIMITED Scottish Borders Council 1647 - Kezie Ltd - October 2017
1758 KISMET (SCOTLAND) LTD T/A KISMET HALAL MEAT & DONER Renfrewshire Council 1758 - Kismet (Scotland) Ltd (t/a Kismet Halal Meat & Doner) - January 2020
1154 LOTHIAN CATERING BUTCHERS LIMITED T/A LOTHIAN CATERING BUTCHERS West Lothian Council 1154 - Lothian Catering Butchers Limited (t/a Lothian Catering Butchers) - February 2022
1213 MALCOLM ALLAN LTD Falkirk Council 1213 - Malcolm Allan Limited - April 2019
1702 MCLAYS LIMITED Glasgow City Council 1702 - McLays Limited - August 2019
1508 MICHAEL MALONE OF EDINBURGH LTD City of Edinburgh Council 1508 - Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd - April 2019
1160 MILLERS OF SPEYSIDE LTD Highland Council 1160 - Millers of Speyside - July 2019
1745 MOHAMMED PARVEZ T/A SUPREME FOOD PROCESSORS East Dunbartonshire Council 1745 - Mohammed Parvez (t/a Supreme Food Processors) - March 2019
1737 MRS JOAN HOULISTON AND MRS MELISSA HOULISTON T/A GALLOWAY FOODSERVICE Dumfries and Galloway Council 1737 -  Mrs Joan Houliston and Mrs Melissa Houliston (t/a Galloway Foodservice)  - May 2019 
1585 MULL SLAUGHTERHOUSE LIMITED Argyll and Bute Council 1585 -  Mull Slaughterhouse Limited - February 2019
1151 NAVSTAR LIMITED T/A EFES NAVSTAR LTD Glasgow City Council 1151 - Navstar Limited (t/a Efes Navstar Ltd) - February 2019
1142 NAZAR SCOTLAND LTD Glasgow City Council 1142 - Nazar Scotland Ltd  (t/a Nazar Halal Meats) - March 2019
1103 NEEROCK LTD T/A WOODHEAD BROTHERS Aberdeenshire Council 1103 - Neerock Ltd (Woodhead Brothers) - March 2022
1220 OVENS RETAIL LTD T/A MEARNS T McCaskie Glasgow City Council 1220 - Ovens Retail Ltd - March 2022
1633 P R DUFF LTD T/A MACDUFF 1890 Inverclyde Council 1633 - P R Duff Ltd - August 2019
1170 PAK POULTRY PRODUCTS LIMITED North Lanarkshire Council 1170 - Pak Poultry Products Limited - November 2019
1227 POLMAR MEATS LTD Glasgow City Council Audit Pending
1136 QUALITY PORK PROCESSORS LIMITED West Dunbartonshire Council 1136 - Quality Pork Processors - May 2019 
1715 QUEENSLIE (Scotbeef Ltd) Angus Council 1715 - Queenslie  (Scotbeef Ltd)  - September 2019
1571 RAMSAY OF CARLUKE LTD Glasgow City Council 1571 - Ramsay of Carluke Ltd - February 2020
1641 RICHARD CARMICHAEL OF CARMICHAEL T/A CARMICHAEL ESTATE FARM MEATS South Lanarkshire Council 1641 - Richard Carmichael of Carmichael (t.a Carmichael Estate Farm Meats) - February 2020
1210 RODGERS BUTCHERS (WHOLESALE) LTD T/A RODGERS BUTCHERS West Dunbartonshire Council 1210 - Rodgers Butchers Wholesale Ltd - April 2019
1221 SAC COMMERCIAL LTD Midlothian Council Audit Pending
1535 SANDYFORD ABATTOIR (PAISLEY) LTD T/A SANDYFORD ABBATOIR Renfrewshire Council 1535 - Sandyford Abattoir (Paisley) Ltd - March 2022
1515 SCOTBEEF (EAST KILBRIDE) LTD South Lanarkshire Council 1515 - Scotbeef (East Kilbride) Ltd - September 2019
1121 SCOTBEEF INVERURIE LIMITED Aberdeenshire Council 1121 - Scotbeef Inverurie Limited - January 2020
1130 SCOTBEEF INVERURIE LIMITED Aberdeenshire Council 1130 - Scotbeef Inverurie Limited  - September 2019
1560 SCOTBEEF LTD Stirling Council 1560 - Scotbeef Ltd - July 2019
1724 SCOTT BROTHERS (DUNDEE) LIMITED Dundee City Council 1724 - Scott Brothers Butchers - April 2019
1680 SIMON HOWIE BUTCHERS LTD Perth and Kinross Council 1680 - Simon Howie Butchers Ltd - February 2020
1190 SIMPSON GAME LIMITED Highland Council 1190 -  Simpson Game Ltd - January 2020
1756 SLMG TRADING LTD T/A SHETLAND ABATTOIR Shetland Islands Council 1756 - SLMG Trading Ltd (t/a Shetland Abattoir) - January 2020
1209 SPICE OF LIFE (CORP) Ltd West Dunbartonshire Council 1209 - Spice of Life (Corp) Ltd - February 2020
1118 STORNOWAY ABATTOIR / COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1118 - Stornoway Abattoir- September 2018
1184 THE ARDGAY GAME FACTORY LTD Highland Council 1184 - The Ardgay Game Factory Ltd - December 2019
1147 THOS A SHAW North Lanarkshire Council 1147 - Thos A Shaw (t/a Shaws Fine Meats) - August 2019
1505 VIVERS SCOTLAMB LTD Dumfries and Galloway Council 1505  - Vivers Scotlamb Ltd - December 2019
1672 W W WALES LIMITED East Ayrshire Council 1672 - W W Wales Limited - November 2019
1744 WE HAE MEAT LTD South Ayrshire Council 1744 - We Hae Meat Ltd - February 2020
1692 WILLIAM G YOUNG, WILLIAM G YOUNG (JNR), JOHN YOUNG, ELIZABETH YOUNG The Firm of WG Young, Overton Farm Butchery South Lanarkshire Council 1692 - W G Young - January 2020
1517 WISHAW ABATTOIR LIMITED North Lanarkshire Council 1517 - Wishaw Abattoir Limited - November 2019

In this section

Approved premises inspections

Our verification, audit and meat inspection services protect public and animal health and welfare in Scotland.

Change of Food Business Operator

Information for changes to food business operators (FBO).

Official controls in approved meat premises

Our role is to make sure Scotland’s meat industry protects public health, and pays due consideration to the health and welfare of animals at slaughter.

Meat Industry Guide

The Meat Industry Guide (MIG) assists UK meat plant operators whose premises require approval and veterinary control under the European Union Food Hygiene Regulations.


We ensure that animals are protected prior to and during slaughter and killing.

Wild Game

Requirements for producing meat products, including wild game.

Food chain information

All slaughterhouse operators in Scotland are bound by EU food hygiene legislation to request, receive, check and act on food chain information.

Animal disease

Cattle, sheep and goats are susceptible to a group of brain diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

Use of Slaughterhouse Staff AS Plant Inspection Assistants (PIAs)

Guidance on the implementation of a Plant Inspection Assistant.

Testing for Trichinella in Pigs

Information for businesses on testing for Trichinella in Pigs.

Authorisation of transportation of warm meat

Guidance on the authorisation for transportation of warm meat.

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