The Food Act regis­tra­tion dead­line is Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019.

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Regis­tra­tion re­quired

All grow­ers and pack­houses are re­quired to reg­is­ter to the Food Act un­der Na­tional Pro­gramme Level 1 (grow­ing and pack­ing of min­i­mally pro­cessed fruit and veg­eta­bles) by the Fe­bru­ary 28 next year.

The Food Act ver­i­fi­ca­tion/au­dit is then re­quired to oc­cur within 12 months of when you reg­is­ter. This ap­plies to all tomato grow­ers and pack­houses ex­cept if you are sell­ing all of your own prod­uct di­rect to con­sumers eg; grow­ers who sell all prod­uct through gate sales or per­son­ally sell to con­sumers at a mar­ket.

The rec­om­mended op­tion is that NZGAP, ac­cepted by the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) as a Food Act Tem­plate Food Con­trol Plan for Na­tional Pro­gramme 1 (NP1) busi­nesses, man­ages the regis­tra­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion for you. If you al­ready have NZGAP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion you will be cov­ered un­der the Food Act once you give NZGAP per­mis­sion to reg­is­ter your busi­ness. Your next NZGAP au­dit will dou­ble as your Food Act Au­dit. If you have not al­ready ap­proved NZGAP to reg­is­ter your busi­ness, please con­tact NZGAP as soon as pos­si­ble.

There are four ad­di­tional re­quire­ments to the ex­ist­ing NZGAP sys­tem to com­ply with the Food Act, re­lated to re­calls and record keep­ing. NZGAP will pro­vide de­tails of how to add these to your sys­tem be­fore your next au­dit.

If you are not al­ready cer­ti­fied to NZGAP, To­ma­toesNZ rec­om­mends that you join. For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact NZGAP on 04 472 3795 or email [email protected]

This op­tion is likely to be the low­est­cost op­tion for grow­ers as your NZGAP au­dit will dou­ble as a Food Act ver­i­fi­ca­tion, avoid­ing the cost of hav­ing an ex­tra sep­a­rate au­dit for the Food Act. It also avoids the full cost of regis­tra­tion through lo­cal coun­cils as NZGAP is not charg­ing for the ini­tial regis­tra­tion process. It will be in­cor­po­rated in a small rise in NZGAP fees in time, to cover the costs of the Food Act pro­cess­ing.

All crops sold com­mer­cially must be cov­ered un­der the Food Act. Any un­cer­ti­fied crops or crop lines will be re­quired to be added to your NZGAP scope of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the whole busi­ness to be signed off to the Food Act.

Op­tions for Food Act reg­is­tra­tions are;

• Reg­is­ter through either NZGAP or your GLOBALGAP in­dus­try pro­gramme

• Reg­is­ter di­rectly with your lo­cal coun­cil un­der NP1 or

• Reg­is­ter a multi-site busi­ness (cross­ing coun­cil bound­aries) with MPI.

With the last two op­tions you will need to ar­range for a Food Act ver­i­fier to au­dit your busi­ness against the re­quire­ments of the Food Act. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the MPI web­site at food-safety/food-act-2014/


We are work­ing on fi­nal­is­ing a Toma­toes NZ Sec­tor Readi­ness Op­er­a­tional Agree­ment (OA) with MPI which we hope will be signed be­fore the end of this year.

Tuta ab­so­luta and Pepino mosiac Virus (PepMV) were iden­ti­fied at a re­cent work­shop as the two pri­or­ity pests to in­clude in the fresh tomato OA, with pro­vi­sion to add oth­ers.

Readi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude de­vel­op­ing readi­ness and re­sponse plans and tech­ni­cal tools (eg; di­ag­nos­tic and or­gan­ism man­age­ment tools) to use in a re­sponse, and this work will be cost-shared with MPI.

Cli­mate change group

A cli­mate change and emis­sions strat­egy work­ing group is to be devel­oped. Are you in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing?

Toma­toes NZ plans to de­velop a strat­egy on en­ergy emis­sions. We are seek­ing grow­ers who are in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing us to de­velop ideas for ad­dress­ing ris­ing Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme (ETS) costs and cli­mate change pres­sures on our sec­tor.

Please get in touch with Toma­toes NZ busi­ness man­ager, Karen Orr email, [email protected] or phone 04 494 9984 if you want to put your name for­ward.

STOP PRESS: Luna Priv­i­lege now reg­is­tered for green­house toma­toes

Af­ter a two-year process ini­ti­ated by Toma­toes NZ and Veg­eta­bles NZ and sup­ported by Bayer, we are de­lighted that the botry­tis pre­ven­ta­tive Luna Priv­i­lege (flu­opy­ram) is now reg­is­tered for use in green­house fruit­ing veg­eta­bles (ex­cept cu­cur­bits).

The with­hold­ing pe­riod is one day, and a max­i­mum of two ap­pli­ca­tions a year are al­lowed. We would like to thank Bayer for their con­sid­er­able ef­forts in get­ting this prod­uct reg­is­tered for grow­ers to use.

If you al­ready have NZGAP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion you will be cov­ered un­der the Food Act once you give NZGAP per­mis­sion to reg­is­ter your busi­ness.

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