Southland councils have implemented audit processes to deal with changes to food safety rules but say there is still some confusion over how the new rules impact businesses. Businesses that serve food are now required to have a Food Control Plan (FCP) under the new Food Act, which came into force in March.

Besides cafes and restaurants, other places that are required to have a FCP include places where food is sold commercially, which could include cafeterias, early childhood education centres, aged care homes, vegetable growers, clubs and bed and breakfasts.

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