Food business - non-restaurants

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  • DescriptionsDescriptions

    This Business Liaison Group (BLG) is a formal forum for non-restaurant owners, operators or their representatives to exchange views with government representatives on licensing and regulatory matters. BLG members are welcomed to suggest agenda items on licensing and on other regulatory matters affecting the trade.

    Food businesses that do not operate under the General Restaurant Licence, Light Refreshment Restaurant Licence and Marine Restaurant Licence are regarded as non-restaurants.

    The BLG mainly covers the following licences/permits:

    • Bakery Licence
    • Cold Store Licence
    • Factory Canteen Licence
    • Food Factory Licence
    • Fresh Provision Shop Licence
    • Frozen Confection Factory Licence
    • Milk Factory Licence
    • Siu Mei & Lo Mei Shop Licence
    • Restricted Food Permits
  • Government RepresentativesGovernment Representatives

    Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Buildings Department, Fire Services Department, Housing Department, and Efficiency Office.

  • Notes of MeetingNotes of Meeting / Trade's Views

    Trade’s views are collected through various channels, including BLG meetings, online forms, e-mails and phone calls.  The relevant meeting notes, summaries of trade’s views and the Government’s responses are tabulated below –

     

    Meeting /

    Trade's views

    Date / Period Document
      Jul – Dec 2022

    Summary of trade's views and Government's responsesSummary of trade's views and Government's

          responses (Chinese version only)

    30 8 Aug 2022

    30th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4Annex 4 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 5Annex 5 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 6Annex 6 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 7Annex 7 (Chinese version only)

      Jan – Jun 2022

    Summary of trade's views and Government's responsesSummary of trade's views and Government's

          responses (Chinese version only)

      Jul – Dec 2021

    Summary of trade's views and Government's responsesSummary of trade's views and Government's

          responses (Chinese version only)

    29 29 Dec 2021

    29th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4Annex 4 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 5Annex 5 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 6Annex 6 (Chinese version only)

    28 22 Mar 2021

    28th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4Annex 4 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 5Annex 5 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 6Annex 6 (Chinese version only)

    27 19 Dec 2019

    27th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4Annex 4 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 5Annex 5 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 6Annex 6 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 7Annex 7 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 8Annex 8 (Chinese version only)

    26 26 Apr 2019

    26th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    25 27 Sept 2018

    25th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4 (Chinese version only)Annex 4 (Chinese version only)

    24 13 Dec 2017

    24th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    23 15 Mar 2017

    22nd meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    22 23 Sep 2016

    22nd meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1Annex 1 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2Annex 2 (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3Annex 3 (Chinese version only)

    21 17 Feb 2016

    21st meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    AnnexAnnex (Chinese version only)

    20 31 Jul 2015

    20th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    AnnexAnnex (Chinese version only)

    19 23 Jan 2015

    19th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    AnnexAnnex (Chinese version only)

    18 24 Jul 2014

    18th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

    AnnexAnnex (Chinese version only)

    17 13 Jan 2014 17th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)
    16 12 Aug 2013 16th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)
    15 5 Mar 2013 15th meeting notesMeeting notes (Chinese version only)

     

    If you would like to access Food business - non-restaurants BLG meeting notes/annex(es) issued before 2013, please contact us at bft@effo.gov.hk

  • Highlight of Interesting IssuesHighlight of Interesting Issues

    • Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and FSD agreed to relax the need for referral of bakery licence applications to FSD for bakeries with floor area larger than 100m2 but below 230m2, with no open fire, no deep frying, without retail sale on premises, and using only electricity as fuel.
    • With effect from 1 August 2010, FEHD has -
      • introduced the composite food shop licence to facilitate the trade for the sale and / or preparation for sale of various specified types of simple or ready-to-eat foods that do not involve complicated preparation;
      • reduced minimum food room requirements for licensed General Restaurants (GRs), Light Refreshment Restaurants (LRRs) and Factory Canteens (FCs) to allow licencees to expand seating area for operating purposes; and
      • removed the statutory requirement for the internal walls and ceiling of the food room of licensed premises to be in light colour.
    • For collection of provisional food licences, FEHD will issue the provisional licence within one working day after the applicant submits all necessary documents at the licensing office in person.
    • Operators do not need to specify movable furniture/equipment not of a substantial and permanent nature on layout plans since 2006.
 Video: What a food manufacturing trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Video: What a food manufacturing trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

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