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.
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.