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The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. EU law continues to apply in the UK during the transition period, including rules on food and feed. 


Food Labelling changes

Leaving the EU will mean there will be changes to how we label food we produce or bring into Northern Ireland.  Updated guidance on food and drink labelling changes which includes labelling requirements with respect to the Northern Ireland market from 1st January 2021 can be found through this link

The updates to the guidance clarify the position from 1 January 2021 regarding;

  • Food Business Operator address - to be a Northern Ireland or EU business address or address of importer
  • ‘Origin indications’ for goods produced in Northern Ireland, where indication of a Member state is required, is to be labelled as ‘origin UK(NI)’
  • The application of ID marks on products of animal origin; (FSA Guidance)

Businesses will need time to adapt to these new labelling rules, including on FBO name and address requirements and the use of the UK (NI) as an indication of origin. Labelling queries can be emailed to your Environmental Health Officer on


DAERA EU Exit Events (recordings available)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is encouraging businesses to take part in the Department’s forthcoming online EU Exit events, where information and guidance will be provided to help businesses prepare for the end of the transition period.

The first online event took place on 23 November (playback available HERE) and covered trading implications, certification requirements and imports and exports of animals, animal products and plants to GB, EU and Rest of the World post the transition period.

Two further events are scheduled to take place on 08 and 15 December 2020 with details to follow.  To sign up to the events, including past events that have been recorded, please go to:


Further Guidance from DAERA

For more information and guidance from DAERA. on preparing for the end of the transition period go to:


Trader Support Service 

The Government has established a free-to-use Trader Support Service to support businesses and traders of all sizes to navigate the changes to the way goods move once the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021. The Trader Support Service:

  • Will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
  • Is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Can complete declarations on your behalf

To sign up for the Trader Support Service click


Food Standards Agency

For further information from the Food Standards Agency, please visit:   The UK transition | Food Standards Agency