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.