Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
Union legislation on the hygiene of foodstuffs (Regulation (EC) No 852/2004(1)) does not apply to primary production for private domestic use and to the domestic preparation, handling or storage of food for private domestic consumption. The regulation only applies to ‘undertakings’, the concept of which implies a certain continuity of activities.
In the Guidance document on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs (SANCO/1731/2008 Rev. 6), the Commission indeed specified that ‘the occasional handling, preparation, storage and serving of food by private persons at events such as church, school or village fairs are not covered by the scope of the regulation’. It also specifies that somebody who handles, prepares, stores or serves food occasionally, and on a small scale (e.g. a church, school or village fair and other situations such as charities comprising individual volunteers where the food is prepared occasionally) is not considered as an ‘undertaking’.
Therefore, the Commission can confirm that, as long as the preparation, handling and selling of jams at local events to raise money for worthy causes is an occasional activity, it is not covered by Regulation (EC) No 852/2004. Rules governing such activities are established by Member States under national law.