A food control plan is a risk-based measure, developed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to help food operators meet their food safety obligations. It concentrates on the processes and procedures that need to be in place to keep food safe. It consists of a set of straight-forward ready-made food safety procedures and pre-printed recording forms along with guidance to assist implementation.
One of the major impacts of the Food Act 2014 for food businesses is that Food Control Plans will become a legal requirement, all existing business will be required to apply for transition on or before 30 November 2018. This will happen to the time scale mentioned in the transition timetable, you may transition your business earlier at any time before 31 March 2018.
The Environmental Health Officer can assist you to implement a Food Control Plan (FCP) in your business. Now is a good opportunity to get on board with this new regulatory regime as the FCP and mentoring visits are free of charge to businesses within the Tararua District.
To learn more about Food Control Plans, refer to the links below or contact the Environmental Health Officer on 06 374 4080.