NZ: Food Act Consultation Underway
Horticulture New Zealand: Consultation on the proposed regulations for the Food Act 2014 is now under way. The Ministry for Primary Industries is holding public meetings around the country to allow the community to consider a wide range of issues around how the Act will be administered when it comes fully into force by 1 March 2016. The Act will apply to around 85,000 food premises, growers and food importers, and up to 200,000 sellers of food.
The proposals cover a wide range of areas to bring the Act into operation, including requirements for registration and verification (auditing) of businesses, requirements to ensure food is safe and suitable, requirements for importers of food, cost recovery, infringements and exemptions.