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New law affects food businesses

A new law for all businesses that sell food came into affect on 1 March 2016.

The Food Act 2014 has been designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand for the benefit of businesses and consumers.

From 1 March 2016, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law, from restaurants to dairies, to internet cake sellers. Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so.

The new law moves from a one-size-fits-all approach, to one that regulates businesses according to risk.

Although the new law started on 1 March, existing food businesses will come under the new Act at different times over the next three years.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Primary Industries website

3 May 2017

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