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Small bakers exemption

Who can apply for a small bakers exemption

Baking loaves - weights and measures law
Since April 2009, pre-packed bread can be sold in any quantity but still has to be clearly marked with the net weight.

At present unwrapped whole loaves and loaves in a container which is not securely enclosed (for example a French stick in an open ended sleeve) over 300g must weigh 400g or a multiple of 400g - for example, 800g or 1200g at the time they are offered for sale.

The Government will be changing the law so that unwrapped loaves can also be sold in any quantity, but there will be rules covering providing customers with details of the weights of unwrapped loaves.

Small bakers
A small baker is one who does not have a fully automatic baking plant. The major proportion of the bread is sold by them directly to the public either from the premises where it is baked or from other premises or vehicles under their control.

If you are a small baker you may be able to obtain an exemption from keeping records but you would not be exempt from the duty of check weighing loaves.

Under the Weights and Measures Act 1985, bakers are required to use certain types of equipment and may be required to make checks and keep documentation in relation to the loaves they produce.

By law, bakers must either -

  • weigh each loaf using suitable equipment to ensure that the bread has been produced in accordance with the packers rules, or
  • carry out checks on the weight of the loaves using a system of -
    • sampling and tests which are sufficiently rigorous to ensure that bread has been produced in accordance with the packers rules
    • use suitable equipment
    • make a record of the checks
    • make a record of the corrections and adjustments which the checks have shown to be necessary

Find out more about packers rules

The records must be kept by the packer until the date as marked on the packaging of the bread, which indicates by when the product ought to be consumed, or one year after the packages have left the possession of the baker, whichever occurs first.

How much it costs

The exemption is free.

How to apply for an exemption

To apply for a small bakers exemption, contact us using the online form below. We will then arrange to visit you to assess your bakery process.



Assessment for an exemption

A small baker may be able to obtain an exemption from keeping records from us as long as one of our Trading Standards Officer is satisfied that -

  1. the process of baking bread is not fully automatic and either -
    • each dough piece is weighed individually, or
    • the major proportion of the bread is sold by you directly to the public either from the premises where it is baked or from other premises or vehicles under your control
  2. the production process is carried on by you
  3. you check an appropriate number of samples of the bread and the equipment you use to check the samples complies with Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006

A decision will usually be made at the time of the assessment visit, and if successful we will issue your exemption certificate in the post.

How to appeal if your application is refused

Please contact us in the first instance.

How long the exemption lasts and the renewal procedure

The exemption remains in force until further notice and for so long as -

  • you comply with the conditions outlined above under ‘assessment for an exemption’
  • the bakery process does not vary materially from that assessed by one of our officers during the assessment visit for the exemption

If you do not comply with the above conditions or there are material variations to your bakery process, the exemption ends and it may be revoked in writing by the Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures.

What to do if your circumstances change

If your circumstances change, contact us by telephone, email, post or fax. We can then advise you of what needs to be done.

We require the baker to notify us of any change which alters or may be likely to alter the conditions under which the exemption was issued, so that consideration may be given to the issuing of a modified notice.


Contact us

Trading Standards
Hull City Council
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone:01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 504
Email: licensing.requests@hullcc.gov.uk

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