The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March, 2016. The Act applies to all food businesses, including commercial food stall holders and mobile food businesses.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and all territorial authorities (councils) are registration authorities under the Food Act 2014. Their regulatory functions include the registration of:
Food control plans
A food control plan sets out the steps a business making or selling higher-risk foods needs to take to make safe food. It is used to identify food safety risks, and to show how they're being managed. Further information on food control plans can be found on the Ministry of Primary Industries website (MPI).
A national programme is the way that lower-risk food businesses operate under the Food Act 2014. Further information on National Programmes can found on the MPI website.
Food control plans and national programmes are also known as risk-based measures (RBMs). The table below outlines which organisation most businesses will register with under each RBM.
|Customised Food Control Plan||MPI|
|Templated Food Control Plan – single territorial authority region||Relevant council|
|Templated Food Control Plan – multiple territorial authority regions||MPI, or the individual councils (businesses choose which option works best for them)|
|National Programme – single territorial authority region||Relevant council|
|National Programme – multiple territorial authority regions||MPI, or the individual councils (businesses choose which option works best for them)|
Your business will need to be verified (audited) when you first register it. For information on who can verify your business and the required frequency of subsequent verifications, please contact a Hastings District Council Environmental Health Officer; +64 6 871 5000.
A verification (previously known as an inspection) is an onsite visit to your business to establish how it is complying with the requirements of the programme or plan you are registered under. It will involve a mixture of questions from the verifier, requests to demonstrate food safety practices, auditing of related records and also a ‘reality check’ of the premises.
The impartiality and integrity of Council employees in all work undertaken by staff is central to the maintenance of public confidence in the Council. Council employees are subject to the Hastings District Council conflicts of interest policy.
If you have a complaint in relation to the verification, or the person conducting it, or you dispute any recommendation put forward by your verifier, or you would like to comment on the service you received, please contact the Team Leader Environmental Health at the Hastings District Council.
We document all complaints, disputes and compliments in an attempt to continually improve our service under our Quality Management System. All complaints or disputes are confidential.
Where does my business fit in the food regime?
To help you find out what food safety measure your business needs to operate under, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has developed a 'My food rules' tool?.
Opening a new food business in Hastings
A pamphlet on opening a new food business in Hastings can be downloaded from the 'related documents' section at the top of this page.
How do I register with the Hastings District Council?
An application form for a Food Control Plan or National Programme is available from the 'related documents' section at the top of this page, or from Council's Customer Service Centre, in Lyndon Road, Hastings. The form should be completed, signed and returned to Council with the registration fee, and an appointment with a Council environmental health officer made.
Taking over an existing food premises
Food business registration, including Food Control Plans, National Programmes and registration certificates under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974, cannot be transferred to new owners. If you are planning to take over a food business you will need to complete an application registration under the Food Act 2014, available from the 'related documents' section at the top of this page.
Amendments or changes to a food control plan
To make a significant amendment, like changing premises or changing the business structure where this impacts on the overall operation, please complete an application for registration of significantly amended template food control plan under the Food Act 2014 form, available from the 'related documents' section at the top of this page.
Surrender of licence for a food business
To advise Council that:
Please complete the application to surrender or suspend registration; available from the 'related documents' section at the top of this page.
To find out more information see MPI's frequently asked questions
Details of fees can be viewed from the fees and charges page.
Complaints about suspected food poisoning
If your complaint is about a suspected food poisoning please consult the 'making a food complaint' section of the MPI website.
Complaints about food safety and hygiene
If you have concerns or complaints about a food business relating to issues such as cleanliness, food hygiene practices, food safety issues or foreign objects found in food, please contact the Council's environmental health team; phone 871 5000.
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