If your company is active in the production of meat and meat products and of milk products on a local scale and in limited scope, you can sell your products without intermediaries and without having to comply with the conditions for the approval and control of the production site.  This is so-called localised, marginal and restricted sale (MOL).  Provisions which entered into force in June 2016, introduced a number of facilitations for these sales.  The changes include:

  • extending the list of products of animal origin that may be produced within the framework of this activity (egg products and prepared meals/ meals containing products of animal origin)
  • increasing delivery limit for certain types of product of animal origin, the extension of the area where marginal, localised and restricted activity is to be carried out,
  • removing, under certain conditions, the restrictions on the sales area, where the entity, in order to promote the food they produce, offers it for sale at exhibitions, festivals, trade fairs and community fairs organised for the promotion of these foods.

When can we consider sales as MOL

In order to consider sales as localised, marginal and restricted (MOL) relevant conditions must be fulfiled, including the following:

  • concerns only certain animal products,
  • is sold to the final consumer or products are supplied to other establishments, retailers selling for the final consumer (e.g. retail shops, restaurants or canteens), i.e. not to wholesalers,
  • sales limits are complied with (this does not apply to the sale, e.g. in their own establishments, but sales to other retail establishments).
  • sales shall be conducted in the area of one voivodship or districts neighbouring with the region (with the exception of community fairs, trade fairs promoting food, etc.)

What can be sold within the framework of MOL and in what quantities?

In the framework of a marginal, localised and restricted activity in an establishment may be carried out the following:

  • cutting of fresh meat from bovine, porcine, sheep, goat and horse or the production of meat preparations or minced meat (supplies of such products may not exceed a maximum weight of ton per week)
  • cutting of fresh poultry meat or lagomorphs, or the production of meat preparations or minced meat (0,5 ton per week)
  • the cutting of fresh wild game meat (0,5 ton per week)
  • the cutting of fresh meat of farmed game animals or the production of meat preparations or minced meat.  (0,5 ton)
  • production of meat products (limit of 1,5 tonnes per week)
  • production of a prepared or processed fishery products (0,5 ton per week)
  • manufacture of dairy products
  • production of egg products
  • manufacture of prepared meals (food)from products of animal origin manufactured in the course of that business, or with those products provided that one of the main ingredients of animal origin is produced in this establishment, such as dumplings with meat, sausage, blood sausage with a limit of 1,5 tonnes per week).

Requirements of MOL

Please note that if you want to run business activity which is considered as MOL you should have the registered business activity.

Production and sale of products of animal origin in the form of MOL requires registration of establishment at the competent District Veterinarian after the prior approval of technological design of establishment (find a competent veterinarian using search tool of biznes.gov.pl). It does not, however, require as other establishments  marketing authorisation procedure (connected with controls).  After registration an administrative decision is issued, which allows for sale

In case of a marginal, localised and restricted activity a simplified version of the technological design is required.

Manufacture must take account of the specific requirements of the regulations relating to the production and sale of products and the health and hygiene requirements.  General hygiene requirements for all food businesses are laid down in the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.  Supervision over compliance with the requirements is exercised by district veterinarians.

More on the requirements and regulations related to the MOL production can be found in the Journal of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The benefit from the MOL sale

Localised, marginal and restricted sale (MOL) means fewer formalities  during registration.  The benefits of this form of sale are as follows:

  • no need for special approval of establishment (and additional controls),
  • simpler technological project than in case of large establishments so-called approved

See the MOL procedure for opening of the butcher's.

Additional information

The basic rules on the production and sales of products of animal origin on a small scale for the local market in the framework of a marginal, localised and restricted activity are set out in Article 13 of the Act of 16 December 2005 on products of animal origin, and the Regulation on the detailed conditions for the recognition of a marginal, localised and restricted activity.

The hygiene and health requirements for a marginal, localised and restricted activity shall be covered by the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs and the provisions issued pursuant to that Regulation.


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