Overview – Reform of New Zealand food regulations
This page offers an introduction to proposed changes to the NZ food regulatory regime, and the information in this section. If you're new, start here.
About the reform of food regulations
If passed into law, the Food Bill will replace the Food Act 1981 and introduce some fundamental changes to New Zealand's domestic food regulatory regime. The Bill has come about through research conducted since 2003 as part of the Domestic Food Review – only the second review of the domestic food sector in over 30 years.
Through a risk-based approach, it seeks to:
- clarify the role of regulators
- remove the need for local bylaws, by having a single set of rules for training, registration and other food safety aspects
- improve compliance and enforcement.
About 20% of the New Zealand workforce is involved in food-related work. These changes will help to manage food safety and suitability issues more effectively, improve certainty and minimise compliance costs for food businesses.
What you will find here
This section of the site is split into various sub-sections. Use the menu on the left to find your way around.
The information is divided so that you can find information about:
- Domestic Food Review (DFR) – Since it began in 2003, the DFR has undertaken research and projects which have exposed a number of problems in New Zealand's current food regime.
- Proposed Food Bill – Not yet law, a new regime which takes a risk-based approach to food safety, is currently before Parliament. Find out about the changes it proposes.
- Implementation of proposed new Food Act – Find out about the 4 main risk-based measures in the Act and what MPI has done to prepare for their implementation if the Act is passed, including the Voluntary Implementation Programme for food control plans.
Further sub-sections provide more generic information relevant to the Reform of New Zealand food regulations:
- Documents – find a full list of documents relating to the Reform of New Zealand food regulations.
- What’s new – check the page regularly for important updates relevant to Policy and law.
Information specific to the Reform of New Zealand food regulations is contained in this section of the website. To find out how to meet current legal requirements for your food business, you need to refer to your food sector and general requirements and programmes.
Keeping up to date
It's important to keep up to date with any new or revised information about the Reform of New Zealand food regulations. There are different ways to keep up to date – choose the methods that work best for you:
What’s new – Click on What's new in the left-hand menu to read the most recent updates to the Policy and law.
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