Food bill brought up to date

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - FOOD INDUSTRY -

The pass­ing the Food Bill gives New Zealand’s food reg­u­la­tory regime a much­needed up­date, says NZ Food & Gro­cery Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Kather­ine Rich.

“As a coun­try so de­pen­dent on food pro­duc­tion, New Zealand needs to en­sure it has mod­ern food law, and this will cer­tainly achieve that,” she says.

“The bill will al­low food busi­nesses to man­age their own food safety us­ing tools based on the level of risk depend­ing on the food they pro­duce, rather than the ex­ist­ing one-size-fits-all ap­proach.

“The new law has been a long time com­ing, and we pay trib­ute to the metic­u­lous work un­der­taken by the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries.

“The ex­ist­ing leg­is­la­tion is more than 30 years old and has reg­u­la­tions that are nearly 40 years old. A lot has hap­pened in food pro­duc­tion and tech­nol­ogy in that time.

“Mem­bers of the Food & Gro­cery Coun­cil al­ready have so­phis­ti­cated risk-based sys­tems in place, and the new Food Act will pro­vide a clearer un­der­pin­ning of those sys­tems.

“This leg­is­la­tion is vi­tal to New Zealand’s eco­nomic fu­ture as a sup­plier of food to the world.”

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