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The current operational Market consists of 3 Grade 2* listed buildings. The East and West Market Buildings were renovated in the 1990s to meet the current hygiene standards, costing more than £70 million.

The City of London and all 42 meat trading premises have obtained full approval by the Food Standards Agency to operate under EU Hygiene regulations, 853/2004. Therefore, Smithfield is a world leader and sets the benchmark in terms of what a modern market should be, complying with both national and European standards.

More than 100,000 tonnes of meat and allied products pass through Smithfield each year. Buyers include butchers, restaurateurs and caterers, as well as members of the public. In addition to meat and poultry there are also cheese, pies and other delicatessen products available for purchase.​

Published:
23 April 2012
Last Modified:
03 September 2019

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