From 1 March 2016 the Food Act 2014 requires that all new food businesses register on a Food Control Plan or under a National Programme, depending on the food safety risk of the activities undertaken.
Businesses involved in higher-risk activities (such as preparing meals) will be regulated differently to those that are seen as lower-risk (such as businesses that sell pre-packaged food or grow vegetables).
Depending on the type of business, the Act requires that all food businesses register under one of the three risk-based measurement options. Additional food safety information is available from the following Invercargill City Council and Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) links.
First things first: where does your business fit?
Use this MPI tool to find out what rules you need to follow under the Food Act 2014.
- The Where Do I Fit? guide
1. Template Food Control Plan
A Food Control Plan is a step-by-step guide on food safety procedures that can be tailored to suit the needs of your business. The template includes pre-printed records, forms and a diary.
- The official Template Food Control Plan (source: MPI)
2. Custom Food Control Plan
Businesses in this category must register their business with MPI.
- The Custom Food Control Plan (Source: MPI)
3. National Programmes
A National Programme is the way that lower-risk food businesses operate under the Food Act 2014. Find out more on how to set up and register your business under a national programme.
- National Programme information (Source: MPI)
As a food operator your business must comply with the requirements of the Act. Below are the forms and documents you may need when registering a food control plan or national programme.
- Food Registration – single site
- Food Registration – multi site
- Scope of Operations form Attach this MPI form to your application to determine which category your business fits.
Fees and charges
The following link takes you to the current Environmental Health fees and charges.
Changes to your licence Information
Notify any changes in the licence information to the Food Team. This includes change of ownership, change of address, change to the nature of the business or to processes in the Scope of Operations.
- Use this link – email@example.com – to contact the Council’s food team.