Processing & Packaging
The processing and packaging of food and drink is one of the sectors regulated by the GLA.
If you supply workers to process and package any produce derived from agricultural work, shellfish or fish you will need a GLA licence.
Some examples are shown below, but this list is not exhaustive - please contact us if you do not see your area of work listed, you may still need a licence.
- Animal feed
- Baby food
- Carbonated drinks
- Concentrate drinks
- Dairy products
- Fish and fish products
- Fresh produce
- Fruit juice
- Meat and meat products
- Pet food
- Ready meals
- Soft drinks
Still not sure whether you need a licence?
We recommend your enquiry is sent by e-mail so you have a record of our response. Please provide full details of the type of work, where it will be done and if possible a job description of the role.
Offences and penalties
It is a criminal offence to operate as a gangmaster without a licence. The maximum penalty is ten years in prison and a fine. For more information read our pages on the Criminal offences and sanctions and the penalties in How we inspect and prosecute.
Find out more...
I supply workers: The application and renewal process
The licensing standards: The conditions that must be met to qualify for a licence
Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004: Legislation
Exclusions: The circumstances where a licence is not required