Hello amazing people who love foodsharing,
my name is Kerly. Please bare with me with this long e-mail, but this is the only way to express myself fully, so you would understand my concern.
I have been living in Berlin for few years and fallen in love with the concept of Foodsharing. Weather going to the regular public food sharing meetups or using the food sharing points.
I am originally from Estonia and I wanted to start the project also in Estonia. I started a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/foodsharingtartu and have some people on board for running FS.
However I wrote to the local Veterinary and Health Office and asked which rules apply to this activity and I got back such reply.
It is a Google Translation from Estonian to English.
For the purposes of legislation and regulations, these refrigerators can be considered as “vending machines” and can be considered as retail outlets that have to be notified. More specifically on our website https://vet.agri.ee/en/toit/jaemuuk-ja-toitlustamine .
This requires both information and a self-monitoring plan. Consideration may also be given to the differences in handling donated best practices in the donation guide.
We have no other solutions at this time, although we have discussed this topic at length.
The webpage link states following:
Retail and catering
Retail and catering is the distribution of food directly to the consumer (including free delivery of food). These activities include, for example:
food distribution in shops, online shops, events, kiosks, etc .;
preparation and serving of food (incl. sales) in a cafe, restaurant, school, hospital, etc.
These activities either require authorization or notification (ie, submission of an economic activity notice).
sales of foods that do not require a special temperature
serving food that does not require a special temperature
retail sale of packaged ice cream
sale of food in a mobile or temporary place of handling
preparation and / or serving of food in a mobile or temporary facility
preparation and serving of hot drinks (except beauty salon offer)
sale of food in vending machines
sale of food requiring special temperature
serving foods that require a special temperature
preparation and / or serving of foods requiring special temperature
processing, including preparation, or packaging and marketing of animal food in a mobile and / or temporary place of handling to another handler
year-round sales of food in a moving business in one sales area
Notification is not required in the case of incidental (not indicative of a certain continuity and organization) food preparation, storage and supply by individuals (eg school and church fairs, public events, charity events). Such a person is not considered to be an ‘economic operator’ and is therefore not subject to the requirements of European Union hygiene legislation.
So basically it means in here you can’t have such a wonderful movement as foodsharing.
The reply was lot of nonsense in my opinion.
I contacted FS for guidance and they also advised me to post my concern here and look for different opinions.
I hope somebody here can direct me or recommend what kind of reply to write to the lady at the office. Germany and Estonia are both in EU, so the rules must be more or less the same.
Looking VERY FORWARD for your reply,
Kerly in the name of the Tartu and Estonia Foodsharing team