Registration of food businesses
Everyone working in the food industry has a responsibility to make sure that the food we buy is safe and suitable to eat.
If you are thinking of opening your own food business in the Grey District you need to understand and follow an appropriate plan (food control plan) or programme (national programme) under the Food Act 2014. The plan or programme that will apply to you depends on the nature of your food business.
Check out the steps to starting a food business video.
Local councils will have a role in the registration of food businesses and keeping a record of food businesses selling food, the type of food sold, where the businesses are located, etc.
- Issue the registration for your food business.
- Perform the food safety verifications.
- Depending on the type of business, the Food Act requires that all food businesses register under one of the three options:
- A template Food Control Plan (FCP)
- A National Programme (NP)
- A custom-made Food Control Plan.
What is a Food Control Plan (FCP)?
A template Food Control Plan (FCP) is a step by step guide on food safety procedures that can be tailored to suit the needs of your business.
It's a management tool for food business operators. It includes pre-printed records, forms and a diary.
Operating with the FCP will help your business meet its food safety and suitability requirements and demonstrate your commitment to food safety.
Find out more information about Food Control Plans.
What is a National Programme?
A National Programme is a lower risk based measure where businesses will have to follow requirements for producing safe food set out in regulations. The business must be registered with council and will be subject to periodic checks (verification). These are verified by MPI approved verifiers. At this stage Council is not recognised to verify National Programmes.