Resources & Legislation

Resources


The DFAI has a number of free resources available to members:
  • Examples of best practices from existing dog-friendly businesses
  • Pre-written policies from existing dog-friendly businesses
  • Formal legal opinion regarding dogs on a food premises
If you're interested in learning more about being dog-friendly, join the DFAI today to gain access to the shared resources and our network of like-minded businesses.


Legislation regarding dogs where food or drink is present


In Ireland there are two pieces of legislation relating to dogs and food, containing three primary conditions for dog-friendly businesses:
  • "Adequate procedures are in place to prevent domestic animals from having access to places where food is prepared, handled or stored"
  • "Dogs shall not be kept on the food premises"
  • "Reasonable precautions shall be taken to exclude dogs which are not leashed"
A formal legal opinion regarding dogs in a food business is available for free to DFAI members - join the DFAI today if you'd like to explore in more depth. You can also read the relevant sections of regulation below:

(1). Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 (Annex II, Chapter IX, Article 4)

Regulation 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs is the most up to date European legislation governing the hygiene of foodstuffs, and also refers to domestic animals in food premises.

The overriding objective of Regulation 852/2004 is to ensure a high level of consumer protection with regard to food safety. The relevant part of the Regulation is Annex II, General Hygiene Requirements for all Food Business Operators, Chapter IX, Article 4. It states:
Adequate procedures are to be in place to control pests. Adequate procedures are also to be in place to prevent domestic animals from having access to places where food is prepared, handled or stored (or where the Competent Authority so permits in special cases, to prevent such access from resulting in contamination).
If you'd like to read the legislation in full you can find it on the European Commission website.

(2). Regulation 25(22) of the Food Hygiene Regulations 1950 - 1989

The legislation in Ireland which pre-dated Regulation 852/2004 was the Food Hygiene Regulations 1950-1989. Regulation 25(22) states:
Dogs shall not be kept on the food premises save with the consent of the local chief medical officer and in accordance with any conditions he may impose and reasonable precautions shall be taken to exclude dogs which are not leashed from the food premises.
The Local Chief Medical Office position is no longer active in Ireland, however the full Food Hygiene Regulations are available on the FSAI website.