Turkey has updated rules for the certain sales operations of the
local food establishments. These rules apply to retail food
establishments selling food products which originated from animals,
such as meat, fish and dairy products. The rules primarily relate
to record keeping and operational requirements for such
The rules apply to raw meat, ground meat as part of meat and
meat products, milk and dairy products (except raw milk, drinking
milk, colostrum, colostrum based products, raw cream and clotted
cream), and any fish and fisheries.
The Regulation on the Organization of the Local, Marginal and
Limited Operations of Foods Establishments
("Regulation") was published in Official
Gazette number 29782 on 26 June 2016, coming into force on the same
Any retailer wishing to operate locally, marginally and
limitedly must apply to the provincial directorate or district
directorate of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.
Applicants must also provide:
The establishment's registry number.
Information about the food of animal origin, which will be sold
in the operation.
A letter of undertaking stating that the establishment will act
in accordance with the related regulations.
Retailers must maintain below records and have these available
for inspection, regarding:
Supply and demand for foods originating from animals.
The amount of food originating from animals which is sold to
The latest Regulation abolishes the earlier Communiqué on
the Organization of the Local, Marginal and Limited Operations of
Foods Establishments (Communique No: 2014/52).
Please see this link for the full text of the Regulation
(only available in Turkish).
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