What's – Plant products

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

12 July 2017

13 June 2017

23 May 2017

10 May 2017

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    Changes include reducing record keeping requirements for some lower risk businesses, getting rid of outdated rules, and making it easier for businesses to organise their first verification.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/

22 August 2016

  • New: Food Safety Law Reform Bill

    The Primary Production Select Committee is currently accepting public submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. Here is the link to the Parliament website through which you can make a submission to the Committee. Submissions close on 22 September.

    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/51SCPP_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL69227_1/food-safety-law-reform-bill

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.

2 December 2015

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/