New Food Act Takes Effect Next Month – Are you ready?

3 February 2016

New Food Act Takes Effect Next Month – Are you ready?

With the new Food Act coming into effect on Tuesday 1st March 2016, we wanted to let you know about some upcoming work by MPI, and remind you about the resources available.

The aim of the new Food Act is to strengthen food safety in New Zealand, but it is also designed to reduce costs for businesses. With this in mind, MPI is conducting a study to compare costs of compliance under the new and old Food Act regimes. We will keep you posted on this later in the year.

MPI published a number of new resources toward the end of last year that can be accessed from and include:

New food control plan templates - These templates will help food service businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars and rest homes, and food retail businesses, such as supermarkets, delis, butchers, bakers and fishmongers, meet their requirements under the new law.

Guidance for businesses who need to operate under a ‘national programme’, such as horticultural producers, manufacturers of lower risk products, and those who sell pre-packaged food.

Food safety guidance for businesses that are exempt from a plan or programme.

Step by step guides for how to follow the new rules.

transition timetable to help existing businesses find out when they need to make changes.

Videos promoting food control plans in Mandarin and Cantonese.


Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre –Australia & New Zealand has produced Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety, a free resource that members may benefit from. The resource aims to ensure New Zealand and Australia remain leaders in producing safe fresh produce.

You will find the resource here on our website: