Have Your Say on Food Act 2014 Regulations

Have Your Say on Food Act 2014 Regulations

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Does your business handle food? If so this may interest you.

You may be aware that the Food Act 2014 will come into effect on 1 March 2016. As this Act will regulate the industry you operate in, the Council encourages you to give your feedback on the proposed regulations that have been released by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

The proposed regulations cover a wide range of areas, including requirements for registration and verification (auditing) of businesses, requirements to ensure food is safe and suitable, requirements for importers of food, cost recovery ,infringements, exemptions, and how existing businesses will make the transition from the Food Act 1981 to the Food Act 2014.

All food businesses will be regulated a tdifferent levels depending on their food safety risk. High risk businesses wil lneed a food control plan, while low to medium risk businesses will use a national programme.

MPI is holding a consultation meeting in New Plymouth at 2pm on Monday 9 February 2015 at the Copthorne Hotel, which you are welcome to attend. You can find more information about the meeting and the proposed Food Act 2014 regulations by going to mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/proposals-for-regulations-under-the-food-act-2014/.

If you have any questions about the upcoming meeting or the Food Act 2014 call Doug Scott on 278 0555 or toll free 0800 111 323.