Changes to the Food Act

food act changes

The Food Act 2014 came into force 1 March 2016 and takes a new approach to managing food safety. If you have a food service or retail business and your food control plan (FCP) was registered prior to 1 March 2016, you will need to apply to register under the Food Act 2014 by 30 November 2018. Attend a presentation on 6 November to find out more. 

Do you make or sell any of the foods listed below? You might need to apply for registration if you do. 

  • Grain processing 
  • Makers of dry mix powders
  • Makers of oils & fats for human consumption
  • Makers of vegetable protein & other protein
  • Brewers, distillers & makers of vinegar, alcoholic beverages or malt extract
  • Makers of dried or dehydrated fruits or vegetables
  • Makers of frozen fruit and vegetables
  • Makers of shelf-stable condiments
  • Makers of crisps, popcorn, pretzels, soy crisps or similar snack products
  • Makers of shelf-stable grain-based products
  • Makers of sugar or related products
  • Extractors & packers of honey
  • Makers of water-based products
  • Transporters, storage providers or distributors of food
  • Producers of horticultural food & horticultural packing operations
  • Retailers of manufacturer-packaged ice cream & iced confectionery
  • Retailers of hot beverages & packaged shelf-stable food.

If you make or sell any of the products listed above, you needs to see whether any of the rule changes to the Food Act 2014 apply to you. Check it out online or contact our Regulatory team to find out more. 

Find out where your business fits in the new regulations here. 


What's changed under the new law?

Watch this short video by MPI of an overview of some of their advice. 


Applying for registration

Find out how to register a business under the Food Act 2014 here, by contacting our Regulatory team, or by emailing Food and Health Standards (2006) Ltd.

To find out more, or get clarification regarding the registration process, you can also call 03 365 166.

Presentation on 6 November

Council are holding a presentation and info session on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at the Lobster Inn (9am-12pm) to help you understand the verification (audit) requirements and the required changes under the Food Act 2014. 

The presentation will give you information and guidance on the transition process and help take you through the new mandatory template food control plan.

RSVP to Food and Health Standards (2006) Ltd.

02 November 2018