Food rules focus on consistency
Cake stalls and sausage sizzles will not be snuffed out under the Auckland Council’s new food safety rules.
The rules are to provide consistency in areas such as food handling and hygiene grades in the super-city.
Under these rules people are allowed to cook for special events that take place once or twice a year.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse told the governing body meeting on Thursday she was worried the rules might stop her from holding monthly sausage sizzles to raise money for the Swanson train station. But council policies and bylaws manager Andrew Pickering put her mind at ease.
‘‘If you’re just going to the Mad Butcher and frying a few onions with a bit of tomato sauce, we’re not going to get involved in that.’’
And cake stalls are also safe as long as the delectable treats are made in a home kitchen only for special events.
‘‘If they want to be at a market every day they have to find a place, a certified premises, to make them,’’ he says.
A range of different bylaws put in place by the former city and district councils will be replaced by the new rules.