21 Sep 2015

New tool to aid businesses with Food Act changes

2:43 pm on 21 September 2015

A new online tool has been launched to help food businesses discover how they will be affected by the new Food Act which comes into force in March next year.

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew said under the new Food Act there would be different rules for different businesses, depending on what they make or sell, and to who.

Mrs Goodhew said the online tool will help anyone providing or selling food to easily find out how the new food safety rules apply to them.

There are about 45,000 food businesses throughout New Zealand, as well as people involved in other food activities.

Mrs Goodhew said the new Food Act will ensure low to medium risk businesses are not overburdened by requirements, and high risk businesses, such as those dealing with raw meats, will meet more stringent food safety criteria.

The online tool can be found on the MPI web site.