Smithfield is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The market has been in its current building for 140 years but on the same site for almost a thousand years. The current building was designed by Horace Jones who went on to design Tower Bridge.
The market is open from 3am Monday to Friday. There are 42 meat trading premises in the market. More than 100,000 tonnes of meat and allied products pass through Smithfield each year with buyers including butchers, restaurateurs, caterers and members of the public. There is an active tenants association and a Market Superintendent employed by the City of London who overseas compliance with regulatory requirements within the market. The market is approved by the UK Food Standards Agency to operate under EU Hygiene Regulation 853/2004.
The visit will be supported by the UK National Federation of Food and Meat Traders (NFMFT) a trade association representing the interests of small independent retail butchers. NFMFT have developed a Primary Authority scheme for their members with Horsham Borough Council, Environmental Health Department who will also be accompanying the visit to explain how they support the compliance needs of the NFMFT and its members.
As most of the activity at Smithfield takes place between 3am and 6am participants should anticipate an early start.
Time: 06:00-10:00 (Departure approx. 05:30) Max number: 15