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 download the form here 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 30 September 2019, the undertaking of all approval activity in meat establishments is now charged at an hourly rate of £58.04, 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 of Meat Establishments

Food Standards Scotland carries out routine audits of approved meat establishments (that is slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments) under veterinary control in Scotland.

These audits aim to ensure that food business operators are complying with food law requirements and to ensure that food businesses operating as a slaughterhouse are complying with relevant standards of animal health and welfare.

The audit frequency is determined by the categorisation of any non-compliance identified.

Audits and follow-up audits are carried out on an announced basis, with unannounced inspections also taking place in between scheduled inspections in cutting plants.

Food Standards Scotland has a dedicated in-house team of trained veterinary auditors carrying out these audits in Scotland.

Food business operators may appeal audit findings. They have up to 14 days following receipt of the audit report to appeal an audit outcome. Food Standards Scotland won’t publish an audit report on the website before the appeal window period has passed. Published reports will not contain potentially sensitive information such as personal details of staff and detailed technical information.

Request for a review of the full audit of food business operators.

Audit Report of Meat Establishments

1560 - Scotbeef Ltd - January 2017

1737 - Joan Houliston (t/a Galloway Foodservice) - January  2017

1106 - 2 Sisters Red Meat Ltd  t/a McIntosh Donald  January  2017

1584 - Border Meats Ltd T/A Lockerbie Abattoir - January  2017

1757 - Border Meats Ltd January  2017               

1536 - John Scott Meat (Paisley) Limited  (t/a  John Scott Meats Ltd) - January  2017

1535 - Sandyford Abattoir (Paisley) Ltd - January  2017

1541 -  A K Stoddart Ltd – February 2017

1100 -  2 Sisters Poultry Ltd - ­ February 2017

1170 - Pak Poultry Products Limited - February 2017

1621 - Campbell Brothers Limited­­ - February 2017

1724 - Scott Brothers Butchers - February 2017

1731 -  Lochaber Game Services Ltd - February 2017

1125 - John M Munro Ltd - February 2017

1160 -  Millers Of Speyside - February 2017

1648 - Campbells Prime Meat  Ltd - March 2017

1208 -  Rehmat Poultry Ltd - March 2017

1203 -  Highland Drovers Limited - March 2017

1727 - Grants of Speyside - March 2017

1672  - W W Wales Ltd - March 2017

1715  - Queenslie - March 2017

1633  - P R Duff Ltd - March 2017

1515  - Scotbeef (East Kilbride) Ltd - March 2017

1202  - Hugh Black & Sons Ltd - March 2017

1130  - Scotbeef Inverurie Ltd - March 2017

1542  - John Robertson & Sons Hamcurers  Ltd - March 2017

1741  - Russell Hume Ltd - March 2017

1152 - B & M Sausages - April 2017

1107 - James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd - April 2017 

1207 - Mr William Holleran And Mr Iain Holleran  - April 2017

1533 - W M Bosomworth - April 2017

1750 - J Gilmour & Co Ltd - April 2017

1535 - Sandyford Abattoir (Paisley) Ltd -  April 2017

1725 - Yorkes of Dundee - April 2017

1680 - Simon Howie Butchers Ltd - April 2017

1701 - Hubertus Game Ltd - April 2017

1664 - Hugh Black and Sons Ltd - April 2017

1156 - Orkney Meat Processors Ltd - May 2017

1139 - Jameel Poultry Limited - May 2017

1738 - Braehead Foods Ltd - May 2017

1100 - 2 Sisters Poultry Ltd  t/a 2 Sisters Coupar Angus - May 2017

1193 - Gordon McWilliam (Aberdeen) - May 2017

1529 - Hall`s of Scotland - May 2017

1702  - McLays Limited - May 2017

1508 - Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd - May 2017

1151 - Efes Navstar - June 2017

1208 - Rehmat Poultry - June 2017

1756 - Shetland Abattoir - June 2017

1709 - Dunbia Ayr Limited - June 2017

1571 - Ramsay of Carluke - June 2017

1184 - The Ardgay Game Factory Ltd - June 2017

1626 - A K Stoddart Ltd - June 2017

1516 - James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd  (t.a Shotts  Abattoir)   - July 2017

1758 - Kismet (Scotland) Ltd (1758) - July 2017

1585 - Mull Slaughterhouse Ltd (1585) - July 2017

1749 - Alishia Foods (1749) - July 2017

1210 - Rodgers Butchers Wholesale Ltd - August 2017

1206 - HWA UK Ltd (La Belle Boucherie) -  August 2017

1546 - A P Jess (Paisley) Ltd -  August 2017

1505 - Vivers Scotlamb Ltd -  August 2017

1740 - John Henderson (Meat Specialists) Ltd -  August 2017

1163 - Smiths Direct Butchers Ltd -  August 2017

1692 - WG Young -  August 2017

1200 - Seriously Good Butchery Ltd -  August 2017

1150 - The Double Doner Kebab Company -  August 2017

1685 - Aberdeenshire Larder -  August 2017

1101 - Anglo Beef  Processors UK  (t/a ABP Perth )  - September 2017

1659 - SAC Commercial Ltd - September 2017

1154 - Lothian Catering Butchers Limited - September 2017

1201 - Downfield Limited - September 2017

1209 - Spice of Life (Corp) Ltd - September 2017

1511 - D S (Slaughterhouse) Ltd - September 2017

1641 - Richard Carmichael of Carmichael (t/a Carmichael Estate Farm Meats)  - September 2017

1746 - Sandy Crombie, Rita Crombie, Jonathon Crombie (t/a The Real Sausage Company) - September 2017

1647 - Kezie Ltd - October 2017

1758 -  Kismet Halal Meat & Doner - October 2017

1686 -  Lochmaddy - October 2017

1169 -  West Coast Foods (Prestwick) Ltd - October 2017

1745 -  Supreme Food Processors - October 2017

1751 - Clanmill Ltd (t/a Original Doner Kebab)  - November 2017

1704 - Burnside Farm Foods -  November 2017

1142 - Nazar Scotland Ltd (t/a Nazar Halal Meats) - November 2017

1214 - Fresh Select Limited -  November 2017

1743 - Euro Fast Food Disttribution Ltd  - November 2017 

1121 - Scotbeef Inverurie Limited -  November 2017

1661 - Barclay & Newton Ltd - November 2017

1210 - Rodgers Butchers (Wholesale) Ltd - November 2017

1530 - Braveheart Beef (Scotland) Ltd - November 2017

1598 -  Dawn Meats (U.K) (t/a Highland Meats) - December 2017

1124 - Dunbia (Elgin) Limited - December 2017

1717 - Gilchrist Poultry (t/a Gilchrist Poultry)  - December 2017

1742 - David Killoh Meat Co Ltd - December 2017

1110 - Donald Russell Ltd - December 2017

1176 - Food Store Ltd (t/a King Food Butchery) - December 2017

1517 - Wishaw Abattoir Limited - January 2018

1103  - Neerock Ltd (t/a Woodhead Brothers) - January 2018

1536 - John Scott Meat (Paisley) Ltd - January 2018

1106 - 2 Sisters Red Meat Ltd (t/a McIntosh Donald) - January 2018

1560 - Scotbeef Ltd - January 2018

1190 - Simpson Game Ltd - January 2018

1584 - Border Meats (t/a Lockerbie Abattoir) - January 2018

1737 - Mrs Joan Houliston and Mrs Houliston (t/a Galloway Foodservice) - January 2018

1160 - Millers of Speyside - February 2018

1125 - John M Munro Ltd - February 2018

1724 - Scott Brothers (Dundee) Limited - February 2018

1170 - Pak Poultry Products Ltd - February 2018

1147 - Thos A Shaw (t/a Shaw Fine Meats) - February 2018

1621 - Campbell Brothers Limited - February 2018

1136 - Quality Pork Processors Limited - March 2018

1202 - Hugh Black & Sons Ltd - March 2018

1517 - Wishaw Abattoir Limited - March 2018

1715 - Queenslie (Scotbeef Ltd) - March 2018

1124 - Dunbia (Elgin) Limited - March 2018

1717 - Barraston Poultry Ltd - March 2018

1742 - David Killoh Meat Co Ltd - March 2018

1515 - Scotbeef (East Kilbride) Ltd - March 2018

1541 - A K Stoddart Ltd (1541) - April 2018

1542 - John Robertson and Sons (Hamcurers) Ltd (1542) - April 2018

1535 - Sandyford Abattoir (Paisley) Ltd (1535) - April 2018

1178 - Highland Game Limited - May 2018

1750 - J Gilmour & Co - May 2018

1152 - B & M Sausages - May 2018

1203 - Highland Drovers Limited - May 2018

1701 - Hubertus Game Ltd - May 2018

1737 - Mrs Joan Houliston And Mrs Melissa Houliston (T/A Galloway Foodservice)  - May 2018   

1749 - Bernedatte Reid and Kazem Lashkari (t/a Alishia Foods) - May 2018

1200 - Seriously Good Butchery Ltd - May 2018

1758 - Kiset (Scotland) Ltd (t/a Kismet Halal Meat & Doner) - May 2018

1176 - Food Store Ltd (t.a King Food Butchery) - May 2018

1633 - P R Duff Ltd - June 2018

1560 - Scotbeef Ltd - June 2018

1727 - Grants of Speyside - June 2018

1699 - Craigadam Country Larder - June 2018

1100 - 2 Sisters Poultry Ltd (t/a 2 Sisters Coupar Angus) - June 2018

1702 - McLays Limited - June 2018

1130 - Scotbeef Inverurie Limited - June 2018

1648 - Campbells Prime Meat Ltd - July 2018

1626 - A K Stoddart - July 2018

1516 - James Chapman (Butchers) - Ltd - July 2018

1535 - Sandyford Abattoir (Paisley) Ltd - July 2018

1758 -  Kismet Halal Meat & Doner - August 2018

1206 -  HWA UK - August 2018

1701 - Hubertus Game Ltd  August 2018

1529 - Halls of Scotland - August 2018

1749 - Alishia Foods - August 2018

1215 - Wild Deer Game Ltd - September 2018

1672 - W W Wales Ltd - September 2018

1139  - Jameel Poultry Limited - September 2018

1118 - Stornoway Abattoir- September 2018

1735 - Avonvogie  Enterprieses Ltd - September 2018

1727 - Grants of Speyside - September 2018

1184 - The Ardgay Game Factory Ltd - October 2018

1217 - Browns Food Group t/a The Scottish Gourmet) - October 2018                  

1533 - John Scott Meat (Paisley) Limited (t.a W M Bosomworth) - October 2018

1516 - James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd (t.a Shotts Abattoir) -  October 2018

1738 - Braehead Foods Ltd - October 2018

1193 - Gordon McWilliam (Aberdeen) Ltd - October 2018

1686 - John Morrison (t.a Lochmaddy Slaughterhouse) - October 2018

1206 - HWA UK Ltd (La Belle Boucherie) - November 2018

1756 -  Shetland Abattoir - November 2018

1680 -  Simon Howie Butchers Ltd - November 2018

1757 - Border Meats Limited- November 2018

1685 - Aberdeenshire Larder Limited  November 2018

1692 - W.G. Young - November 2018

1585 - Mull Slaughterhouse Limited -  November 2018

1505 - Vivers Scotlamb Ltd - November 2018

1135 - Gearadhmor- November 2018

1107 - James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd- November 2018

1190 - Simpson Game Ltd  - November 2018

1664 - Hugh Black & Sons Ltd - November 2018

1704 - Burnside Farm Foods  - December 2018

1139 - Jameel Poultry Limited - December 2018

1201 -  Downfield Limited - December 2018

1106 - Kepak Group Ltd  (t/a McIntosh Donald) - January 2019 

1744 - We Hae Meats - January 2019

1209 - Spice of Life (Corp) Ltd - January 2019

1508 - Michael Malone of Edinburgh - January 2019

1641 - Richard Carmichael of Carmichael - January 2019

1571 - Ramsay of Carluke Ltd - January 2019

1125 - John M Munro Ltd - January 2019

1121 - Scotbeef Inverurie Limited - January 2019

1738 - Braehead Foods Ltd - February 2019

1151 - Navstar Limited (t/a Efes Navstar Ltd) - February 2019

1150 - Ali Cetin, Dogan Kaya, Ercan Kaya (t/a The Double Doner Kebab Company) - February 2019

1664 - Hugh Black & Sons Ltd - February 2019

1585 -  Mull Slaughterhouse Limited - February 2019

1725 - Frank Yorke and Grant Yorke (t/a Yorkes of Dundee) - February 2019

1214 - Fresh Select Limited - February 2019

1659 - SAC Commercial Ltd - February 2019

1685 - Aberdeenshire Larder Limited - February 2019

1216 - Mr Robin Tuke & Mrs Alison Tuke (t/a Pasture-To-Plate) – March 2019

1101 - Anglo Beef Processors UK (t/a ABP Perth) - March 2019

1743 - Euro Fast Food Distribution Ltd - March 2019

1142 - Nazar Scotland Ltd  (t/a Nazar Halal Meats) - March 2019

1745 - Mohammed Parvez (t/a Supreme Food Processors) - March 2019

1208 - Rehmat Poultry Ltd - March 2019

1661 - J F Finlay And Company Ltd - March 2019

1163 - Smiths Direct Butchers Ltd - March 2019 

1740 - John Henderson (Meat Specialists) Ltd - March 2019

1154 - Lothian Catering Butchers Limited (t/a Lothian Catering Butchers) - March 2019   

1598 - Dunbia (UK) (t/a Dunbia Highland Meats) - March 2019

1530 - Braveheart Beef (Scotland) Ltd - April 2019

1213 - Malcolm Allan Limited - April 2019

1508 - Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd - April 2019

1218 - Deskfood Ltd (t/a Scott Meat) - April 2019

1103 - Neerock (t/a Woodhead Brothers) - April 2019

1210 - Rodgers Butchers Wholesale Ltd - April 2019

1724 - Scott Brothers Butchers - April 2019

1546 - A P Jess (Paisley) Ltd - April 2019

1160 - Millers of Speyside - April 2019

1136 - Quality Pork Processors - May 2019 

1542 - John Robertson & Sons (Hamcurers) Ltd -  May 2019 

1751 - Clanmill Ltd (t/a Original Doner Kebab) - May 2019 

1750 - J Gilmour & Co Limited - May 2019 

1541 -  A K Stoddart Ltd - May 2019 

1584 - Border Meats Ltd ( t/a Lockerbie Abattoir) - May 2019 

1170 - Pak Poultry Products Limited - May 2019 

1737 -  Mrs Joan Houliston and Mrs Melissa Houliston (t/a Galloway Foodservice)  - May 2019 

1176 - Food Store Ltd (King Foods Butchery) - May 2019 

1208 - Rehmat Poultry Ltd - June 2019

1740 - John Henderson (Meat Specialists) Ltd - June 2019         

1110 - Donald Russell Ltd - June 2019

1536 - John Scott Meat (Paisley) Limited  (t/a John Scott Meats Ltd) - June 2019      

1178 - Highland Game Limited - June 2019

1103 - Neerock Ltd (Woodhead Brothers) - June 2019

1163 - Smiths Gourmet Butchers - July 2019

1100 - 2 Sisters Coupar Angus - July 2019

1160 - Millers of Speyside - July 2019

1560 - Scotbeef Ltd - July 2019

1152 - B&M Sausages Ltd - July 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.

Slaughter

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).

Implementation of PIA Plant Inspection Assistants

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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