Food and Environmental Health Licensing
Food Act 2014
The Food Act 2014 became operational on 1 March 2016.
The Food Act 2014 helps make sure that food sold throughout New Zealand is safe.
A central feature of the new Act is a sliding scale where businesses that are higher risk, from a food safety point of view, will operate under more stringent food safety requirements and checks than lower-risk food businesses. This means that a corner dairy operator who reheats meat pies won't be treated in the same way as the meat pie manufacturer.
The new Act promotes food safety by focusing on the processes of food production, not the premises where food is made. For example, someone who makes and sells food from a food truck must follow the same rules as someone who makes and sells food at a restaurant.
The Act brings in new food safety measures:
- food control plans (FCPs) – written plans for managing food safety on a day-to-day basis. These are used by higher risk businesses
- national programmes – a set of food safety rules for medium and low risk businesses. If you're under a national programme, you don't need a written plan (or develop written procedures), but must register, meet food safety standards, keep some records, and get checked.
MPI has developed a tool—Where Do I Fit?—to help you work out where your food activity or business fits within the new Food Act rules. By answering a series of questions you can find out what you'll need to do to comply with the Act.
The new law depends on the type of food you make, rather than where you make it. If you run a food truck, a market stall, or a home kitchen, you will follow the same rules as someone making the same food at a restaurant or café.
Anyone starting a new business must register under the Food Act 2014 before they start selling food.
Existing businesses (operating before 1 March 2016) will shift to the new Act between 2016 and 2019. Check the timetable to find out when your type of food business has to transition.
If you are considering starting a food business in the Hurunui, in new or existing premises, you may want to view our general advice leaflet.
Use the timetable.
Use the Where do I fit? tool
Application Form for Food Act 2014
Scope of Operations to be completed and handed in with application
Templates for Food Control Plans
- Food Act 2014 - Recognised Person List for Verification of National Programme
- Food Act 2014 - Recognised Agency List for Verification of National Programme
How do businesses renew their FCP registration?
It's over a year since the new Food Act came into effect! That means the date for some businesses to renew their registration is also coming up. Here’s some information that might help:
1. The Act only allows businesses to renew their registration while it is current. That could create additional expense for businesses if they wait until their registration has expired and then have to submit a new application.
2. The Operator should confirm, as a minimum, that these details are accurate/up-to-date:
- Registration type / scope of operation
- Legal name / trading name
- Day-to-day manager
- Physical location
- Contact details.
We at the Council will do our best to remind you that your business is coming up for renewal in good time, so you can confirm all this and pay before the expiry date.
The Food Act 2014 brought in changes to the way food safety is enforced. Find out about the changes to food safety compliance.
Improved food safety compliance system
The new Act includes a better compliance system. Generally, food businesses that consistently provide safe and suitable food can achieve lower compliance costs.
Most food businesses will be checked periodically (by a verifier) to ensure they are operating safely.
Better consumer protection
Under the Food Act 2014, food safety officers from the Ministry for Primary Industries and local authorities have been given more effective tools for protecting consumers from:
- unsafe food
- businesses that fail to identify allergens in their products
- unethical food operators
- misleading or inaccurate labelling.
Because the Act brings in infringement offences (instant fines), officers have the power to quickly and effectively deal with minor offences.
New infringement tools for food safety officers
Businesses are encouraged to voluntarily meet the requirements of the Food Act 2014 – they need to provide safe and suitable food. However, if there are problems with a food business, a food safety officer may get involved. They can draw on a wide range of tools to address any problems, including:
- Infringement offences (instant fines) for minor offences.
- Improvement notices and notices of direction. These require business operators to improve food safety without costly court action.
- Powers for food safety officers to interrupt operations when necessary to assist in an investigation.
- Powers to close or restrict the use of a place if food safety or suitability is threatened.
- Compliance orders that can be issued by a District Court to compel business operators to take certain actions.
- Significant increases in penalties for the most serious food safety offences.
Usually, minor issues can be dealt with by food safety officers providing suitable advice. If more serious issues are found a graduated response is taken. Officers may issue directions, infringement notices, or for particularly serious offences initiate a prosecution. More information about infringement offences (instant fines) is in the Food Regulations 2015.
Hairdressers, Camping Grounds and Offensive Trades.
Certificates of registration expire on the 30th June each year.
Premises are registered and inspected Annually. At the beginning of June each year, businesses that have a current licence with Council will be forwarded a renewal form.
Application for - Hairdressers, Camping Grounds and Offensive Trade.
Stands and Stalls, Mobile Shops, Hawkers or Itinerant Traders.
Application for - Mobile Shops/Hawkers/Itinerant Traders
Public Places ByLaw - Please read this for information on 'trading' in the Hurunui
Licensing Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Health Officers:
Eric Donald - Phone 03 314 9181 / 027 500 2562
Dianne Morrison - Phone 03 314 0051 / 027 645 1416
Kelly Marchant - Phone 03 314 8816 / 027 528 6975
Suzie Hodgson - Phone 03 314 0017