Changes under the Food Act 2014
What is a Food Control Plan (FCP)?
A template Food Control Plan (FCP) is a step by step guide on food safety procedures that can be tailored to suit the needs of your business.
It’s a management tool for food business operators. It includes pre-printed records, forms and a diary.
Operating with the FCP will help your business meet its food safety and suitability requirements and demonstrate your commitment to food safety.
View the Ministry for Primary Industries' video to learn more about Food Control Plans.
You can view or print the template FCP and diary from the Ministry for Primary Industries' website.
How the new rules affect you
The Ministry for Primary Industries' tool Where Do I Fit? can help you work out where your food activity or business fits within the new Food Act rules.
Changes to home based businesses
Food businesses preparing food for sale in a home kitchen can do so as long as they:
- comply with the rules for home businesses
- are registered under a FCP or a NP
You will also need to meet all other legal requirements such as home based area district plans, bylaws and other relevant acts and regulations.
Taking over an existing FCP or NP premises
A FCP and NP is non-transferable.
When a new owner takes over a FCP or NP premises they will need to register under the Food Act 2014 with a food control plan or a national programme.
Download a registration form
Download a scope of operations form
Training requirements for template FCP and NP
Food premises on FCP and NP are exempted from the training requirements under the Food Safety Bylaw 2013. Instead, training requirements will be outlined in your Food Control Plan.
All your staff should have a good understanding of the FCP requirements related to their area of work.
The day-to-day manager must be familiar with and understand all the procedures in the FCP before training staff.
You will need to complete and sign a staff training record for each person who works in the business.
For more information see MPI.