I am getting to the stage where I am shooting more deer than I am able to consume or pass on to family and friends so need an outlet. The problem is to keep everything right and proper & to get more bang for my buck (see what I did there!) I need to register as a food business which poses a couple of issues.
1. I don't really want to register as self employed as it will just cause me a load of paperwork I could do without as I am directly employed day to day. This you have to do to register as a food business according to the website!
2. I don't have the room at home to get a dedicated area in my garage which will be required for the local food agency for carcass prep.
I spoke to a local butcher last week who is keen for me to supply them with venison in trade for other meats, but won't take them in the skin! This is where I need advice about an idea that may be a legal loophole.
Would it be ok to do the following?
Shoot the deer, gralloch and field dress, take the carcass in the skin straight to the butcher, skin it myself, tag it and leave it there for them to process. My thoughts are that although I am doing the skinning, it is being done on their premises which is obviously a registered food business. Could I be classed as an unpaid volunteer using their facilities or does it even matter?
I know I could take them to the game dealer near me, but apart from waiting for the money I don't want to get on the wrong side of the taxman and I think it would be better going straight to the butcher and trading.
Or am I over complicating the process of registering and are there guys out there who are registered but not self employed?