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Horticulture New Zealand Limited (HortNZ) has requested approval of a food control plan (FCP) under section 40 of the Food Act 2014. The New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent (NZGAP GGE) plan is based on the recognition of NZGAP as an equivalent scheme for GLOBALG.A.P. for the sub-scope fruit and vegetables for certification of producers in New Zealand.
The NZGAP GGE scope of operations falls under the risk-based measure for growing, harvesting, minimal processing, and packing of horticultural produce (National Programme 1). This includes processes such as rinsing, trimming, shelling, and post-harvest treatments such as waxing, packing, storing, and transport.
New Zealand Food Safety has evaluated the NZGAP GGE plan to ensure it meets the requirements of the Food Act.
We want your feedback. Do you see any problems with approving the NZGAP GGE template?
The consultation will run from 8 December until 5pm on 23 December 2020.
The NZGAP GGE template is available only to HortNZ members. However, you can download New Zealand Food Safety’s evaluation of the NZGAP GGE template and the draft notice.
Making your submission
Email your submission by 5pm on 23 December 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you include in your submission:
- the title of the document in the subject line of your email
- your name and title (if applicable)
- your organisation's name (if applicable)
- your address.
While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:
Food and Beverage
New Zealand Food Safety
PO Box 2526
Background to consultation
The Food Act 2014, which came into effect in March 2016, introduced a risk-based approach to managing food safety. National Programmes and food control plans are plans that identify food safety risks and set out how these will be managed on a day-to-day basis.
The Food Act requires that food business operators take responsibility for ensuring food is safe and suitable. Businesses need to be aware of the risks and be able to show how they are managing these. Section 40 of the act allows MPI's chief executive to approve a template or model FCP which has been developed outside of MPI.
This allows food businesses or industry groups to:
- develop their own FCP and have it approved so that each business using the plan does not need to submit their plan for individual evaluation, and
- make adjustments to the MPI templates to include multi-site or multi-business specific procedures or practices, or to reflect common language/terminology used in the business and have those changes approved.
Submissions are public information
Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.
Tell us if you think that there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.