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Classification companies under the Meat Act Approval

An undertaking which carries out the weighing and grading by commercial classification of bovine, porcine and ovine carcasses is referred to as a classification undertaking.

Classification companies according to the Meat Act (FlG) require approval.

The responsibility lies with the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.

  • Guarantee of the necessary independence from the operators in the meat marketing chain as a whole
  • Reliability and expertise
  • Establishment or address for service in Germany
  • employment of a sufficient number of approved classifiers for proper classification, and
  • Compliance with the requirements of the standard DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020:2004-11 Type A
  • The presentation of an accreditation certificate from an accreditation body is not a prerequisite for approval.

No documents are required.

There are no fees.

Authorisation must be applied for before commencing activity.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)