Food Act 2014

​​​​​Food Act Registration

If you are involved in the following food business sectors and aren't already registered under the Food Act 2014, you need to apply for registration by 30 November 2018, to be registered by the 28 February 2019 deadline:

  • Horticultural producers and pack houses
  • Transporters or distributors of food products
  • Extractors and packers of honey​

Horticulture sector

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working with Horticulture NZ and has now granted recognition, to the following three existing food schemes -

  • NZ Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP)
  • Global Good Agricultural Practice (GLOBALGAP)
  • British Retail Consortium – limited to fresh produce (BRC)

This means that Horticulture NZ members operating NZGAP, GLOBALGAP or BRC pack houses, can now register through their industry association (who will work directly with MPI) to arrange a collective registration with MPI.   

Those growers and packers who are not members and who do not sell their produce directly to the consumer as at a farmers' market or road side stall, will need to register a National Programme level 1 business with Council.

Please note: grape growers who then sell their crop to another person to be made into wine are exempt under the Wine Act and do not need to register under the Food Act.

If you have any queries about registration or what rules you need to follow, then you can go to the MPI website: Register a business under the Food Act and Where do I fit?

Get your personalised NP1 guidance document here.

If you are a new business, you must arrange for a verifier to visit within 6 weeks of becoming registered or within a year if you are an existing business.

To find a NP1 verifier see the MPI's list of all recognised agencies.

The registration, scope of operations and verifier contract forms, along with the NP1 guidance and record keeping documents can be downloaded or requested by emailing customer service: 


Application for Registration under Food Act 2014 - for food business with one site​ (PDF, 366KB)
Scope of Operations for NP1 businesses (PFF, 1.1MB)
National Programme Verifier Contract (PDF, 276KB)
National Programme: An Overview (PDF, 217KB)
National Programme 1 Guidance (PDF, 1.2MB)
Simply Safe record blanks / templates (PDF, 2.2MB)

What do new food safety rules mean for you?  Find out now!

Do you run a café or restaurant? Maybe you own a dairy? Or sell produce to the supermarket? If your business involves selling or providing food, in any form, find out what new food regulations mean for you. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) ​has developed a great tool to make it easy to see how the Food Act 2014 applies to you. Visit the MPI website and use Where Do I Fit?

The new Food Act recognises that all food businesses and providers are different. How you are regulated will depend on the type of food you make or sell, and the level of food safety risk involved. Businesses that are involved in higher risk activities like making cheese or preparing meals, will be regulated differently from those involved in lower risk activities, like selling pre-packaged food or growing vegetables. The new Act came into force on 1 March 2016, but existing businesses will be given time to transition to the new rules over a three-year period from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2019.

Useful Resources

Check out these MPI "What does the Food Act mean for me?" brochures:


If you are struggling to work out how the new Food Act affects your business or operation, you may find the following link to case studies helpful:

For further help please email Ministry for Primary Industries or contact the Central Otago District Council on

Page reviewed: 30 Oct 2018 4:09pm