Food rules fo­cus on con­sis­tency

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SCOTT MOR­GAN

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.

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