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NZ Lavender Growers Association Template Food Control Plan application under section 40

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The New Zealand Lavender Growers Association (NZLGA) has requested its Food Safety Plan be approved as a Template Food Control Plan under section 40 of the Food Act 2014. The NZLGA's intended scope of operations best fit under the following food sectors:

  • Manufacturers of oils.
  • Manufacturers of dried or dehydrated fruit or vegetables.
  • Producers of horticultural food.

The NZLGA proposes to use the plan for the production of fresh or dried lavender and to produce essential oils to be supplied as an additive to food and drink.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has evaluated the NZLGA food control plan to ensure it meets the requirements of the Food Act.

We want your feedback about the application. Do you see any problems with approving the NZLGA food control plan?

The consultation will run from 14 April until 5pm on 5 May 2022.

Consultation documents

The NZLGA food control plan is available only to the NZLGA, any businesses operated by the NZLGA or any business authorised by the NZLGA. However, you can download MPI's evaluation of the NZLGA food control plan.

MPI evaluation report of the NZLGA's Template Food Control Plan [PDF, 401 KB]

Related information

Section 40 of the Food Act 2014 – NZ Legislation

Making your submission

Email your submission by 5pm on 5 May 2022 to

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 Team
New Zealand Food Safety
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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 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 Food Act allows MPI's chief executive to approve a template or model food control plan which has been developed outside 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
  • 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 all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation