Don't forget to register your new food business

Thursday 15 March, 2018

Ashburton District Council is reminding new food businesses in the district to make sure they have registered their business under the Food Act 2014 by the end of March.

The Act, which is being rolled out in stages since it came into force in March 2016, requires new food businesses to be registered by 31 March 2018 as part of new legislation to help ensure businesses are preparing and selling food that is safe and suitable to eat. Existing food businesses are changing over to the new rules in stages.

Council Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says registration forms can be found on the Ashburton District Council website, alongside information on the kinds of businesses the deadline affects.

“The Food Act requires all food businesses to register under one of three options; a template Food Control Plan (FCP), a National Programme (NP) or a custom-made Food Control Plan. If you’re unsure if the registration deadline affects you or you aren’t sure which option you should register under, visit the Council website or the Ministry for Primary Industries website.​

“It is crucial that these affected businesses are registered on time, so if you haven’t already, make sure you get your forms in before the end of the month.”

​New businesses that need to register include:

  • School boarding houses, tuckshops and canteens
  • Food service businesses without a liquor licence
  • Retailers that prepare, handle or sell food including pre-packaged chilled and frozen food (excluding pre-packaged ice creams and ice-blocks)
  • Bakeries
  • Manufacturers of confectionary, dairy products, food additives, prepared foods, meat, non-alcoholic beverages and egg products
  • Processers of herbs and spices​

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