Sausage sizzles safe
Cake stalls and sausage sizzles won’t be snuffed out under the Auckland Council’s new food safety rules.
The rules have been brought in to provide consistency across areas like food handling and hygiene grades in the super-city.
Under the new 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 they are only made in a home kitchen 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,’’ Mr Pickering says.