Food Bill Progress

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On Tuesday 27 May, the Food Bill had its third and final reading in Parliament and was supported by all parties. The Bill is now in its final stages of the parliamentary process, awaiting only its Royal Assent prior to being enacted. Once enacted the Act (Food Act 2014) will replace the Food Act 1981 and make some fundamental changes to New Zealand's domestic food regulatory regime.

Director Environmental Services Liam Dagg says, "One of the biggest changes for food businesses is the requirement to operate under a Food Control Plan. There is likely to be a lengthy lead-in period of several months prior to commencement of the Act."

"To date 11 food businesses have opted to complete a Food Control Plan with four in progress. In the meantime, the adoption of the Food Control Plan will remain a voluntary scheme and assistance can be provided by Council."

If you are a registered food business in the Stratford District and wish to find out more about the Food Control Plan, please contact Tessa Clarke, Environmental Health Officer, on (06) 765 6099.