What's new – Food Safety Programmes

This page lists updates relevant to the Food Safety Programmes section of the MPI Food Safety website. Items are in date order, with the most recent listed first.

Operating under the Food Act

Rules for food businesses are changing – we're moving from the Food Act 1981 to the Food Act 2014. From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must operate under the Food Act.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) will shift to the new Act between 2016 and 2019. Check the timetable to find out when your type of business has to transition.

14 September 2017

16 August 2017

10 July 2017

  • Update: Publication of Listeria in ready-to-eat foods training resource for businesses

    MPI has developed the “Listeria in ready-to-eat foods training resource for businesses” developed to help Risk Management Programme operators and their staff understand Listeria management. This online training resource is on the Listeria – resources and documents
    If you have any questions, please send them to animal.products@mpi.govt.nz

23 May 2017

7 March 2017

  • New: UHT Training Courses June 2017

    The FoodBowl and DWC FoodTech are running the Approved Persons Course for UHT Processing and Aseptic Packaging and also a new course called Operators and Supervisors Course for UHT Processing. The approved persons course fulfils a competency requirement for some recognised evaluators. Details available at the link provided above.

14 February 2017

1 December 2016

2 November 2016

  • New: Publication of Swabbing for Listeria video

    Swabbing for Listeria video has been developed to help Risk Management Programme operators create an environmental testing programme. The video provides instructions on how to collect environmental samples from processing area for Listeria testing.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2phaBPMn0U

26 October 2016

  • New Consultation: Have your say on food safety rules

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is proposing some changes to food safety rules – and calling on businesses to give them feedback.

    Watch the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7nfDuvB-_E

    The rules are part of the new Food Act, which came into effect in March this year. MPI has been monitoring the new law, and listening to feedback from businesses. We are now making changes to help the new law work better.

    Changes include reducing record keeping requirements for some lower risk businesses, getting rid of outdated rules, and making it easier for businesses to organise their first verification. There are also changes for national programme businesses using specific processes, like fermentation or pasteurisation.

    To find out about all the changes, see the MPI website. You can have your say in several ways, from making a formal submission to filling in a quick survey.

    Find out more:
    http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/have-your-say-about-food-safety-rules/

21 September 2016

  • New: Publication of Listeria fact sheets for producers of ready-to-eat animal products

    MPI has developed a series of fact sheets that provide information on Listeria monocytogenes for producers and manufacturers of ready-to-eat animal products. These fact sheets help to support the implementation of Part 15: Requirements for Listeria of the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption that come into force on 1st October 2016.

    These fact sheets provide information about the foodborne bacteria Listeria and key good operating practices and control measures that can help to minimise contamination in the processing area.

    These factsheets are available on the Listeria – resources and documents webpage at:
    http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/science-risk/programmes/hazard-risk-management/listeria.htm

    Further information about the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption is available from:

    http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/animal-products-specifications-asd/index.htm

8 August 2016

17 June 2016

9 June 2016

  • New: Guidance Document: How to Determine the Shelf Life of Food

    This guidance document has been developed to help operators to determine the shelf life of their food products and to apply the appropriate date marking. It provides useful information to assist operators preparing and handling foods for retail sale. Any legal requirements are shown in boxes with quotation marks. They are either directly quoted from the requirements (including any clause numbers) or are summarised when the requirement is too long to include completely. It is the operator’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with all applicable current legislation including any requirements that amend, replace or correspond to the requirements referenced in this guidance document. This guidance document was amended in June 2016 to: * correct a legal error in section 8 of the guidance document; * include a copy of the date mark alteration application form; and * update the references to the Food Standards Code.

17 February 2016

19 January 2016

14 October 2015

  • New: FOOD SAFETY ALERTS are changing: SIGN UP NOW to stay informed

    If you are a business or organisation that sells food, the new FOOD ACT is probably relevant to you. Information about the Food Act 2014 is now on the new MPI website. To continue to stay up to date, please register for alerts from our new site.
    To help businesses transition to new food safety rules, we are regularly making more resources and information available. This includes templates, guidance, and information for different sectors.
    For updates on the new Food Act, sign up here: If you are a business or organisation that sells food, the new FOOD ACT is probably relevant to you. Information about the Food Act 2014 is now on the new MPI website. To continue to stay up to date, please register for alerts from our new site.
    To help businesses transition to new food safety rules, we are regularly making more resources and information available. This includes templates, guidance, and information for different sectors.
    For updates on the new Food Act, sign up here: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/subscribe-to-mpi/

    Please note: Food Act alerts from the food safety site will be switched off from the end of November.
    Unsure if the Food Act is relevant for you? Use the Where do I Fit? tool https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-act-2014/where-do-i-fit/