Anyone wishing to produce jams and preserves to sell must be registered with their local Environmental Health Department before they begin.
The Food Standards Agency does have information available on Jam and Similar Products Regulations 2003 and other food legislation. For jam, this includes guidance notes to the Regulations and a quick guide to jam, which is really intended for very small scale producers.
This all sounds quite daunting when you are starting out but your local Environmental and Trading Standards Officers are there to help and you should always be guided by them. Please contact the relevant departments from your local council in the first instance.
More information here http://www.food.gov.uk
You may be interested in coming along to one of the Professional Training Days held here in Rutland.
From time to time The Guild of Jam and Preserve Makers (Rosie & Trevor) run training days for those people who are looking for information and support to enable them to go forward with their preserves business.
We meet around 10 a.m. For coffe and biscuits and a short 'getting to know you' session.
Then the day is split into two parts - in the morning the points of legislation that are pertinent to preserve making are explained. Food safety, cleaning of premises - that type of thing.
We break to share a lunch of local produce and lots of chat!
In the afternoon there is a presentation about the dos and dont's of labeling, measurements and all the detail that perhaps you haven't thought of.
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout the day, and you will find that most of you have common concerns. Above all, the day is informal and responds to the areas that you want information on.
The day will end around 4 p.m.
The Old Smithy is really tiny so we can only take a maximum of 8 on these days so if it floats your boat get in touch soon. Once we have enough people the date will close and the booking details will be forwarded for your information.
You do not need to bring anything with you and a manual to support the course will be provided for you to keep.
This is what a satisfied customer had to say:-
I just wanted to thank you and Trevor for a very informative day on Saturday. I came away slightly daunted, but nevertheless very well informed with what I need to do in order to take my preserves further. It was also good to meet other preservers.
Thank you also for the very nice lunch and to Trevor for the great demonstration of the label designer. I am currently working on my logo and labels and will then register on the system.
Many thanks once again.