FOOD ACT

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Food busi­nesses, in­clud­ing restau­rants and cafes with an al­co­hol li­cence, need to reg­is­ter un­der the new Food Act by March 31. Over 5000 busi­nesses across the coun­try have al­ready reg­is­tered un­der the new law which came into ef­fect last year. The new law aims to im­prove food safety by mov­ing to a riskbased ap­proach. This year, busi­nesses such as early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres that serve food; pro­ces­sors of nuts, seeds or cof­fee beans; and man­u­fac­tur­ers of food for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple like ba­bies or the el­derly also need to reg­is­ter. Un­der the new rules, higher-risk busi­nesses need to use a writ­ten plan for food safety. Visit mpi.govt.nz/foodact for all the con­di­tions.

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