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Proposed changes to the Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan and relevant food notices

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety invites comments on proposed changes to 3 documents:

  • Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan
  • Food Notice: Requirements for Food Control Plans and National Programmes
  • Food Notice: Food Service and Food Retail Business Food Control Plan templates issued under section 39.

This consultation will be of interest to food businesses registered under the Food Act 2014, registration authorities, and verifiers.

Submissions close at 5pm on 14 November 2022.

Consultation documents

Draft Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Draft Food Notice: Requirements for Food Control Plans and National Programmes [PDF, 345 KB]

Draft Food Notice: Food Service and Food Retail Business Food Control Plan templates issued under section 39 [PDF, 279 KB]

Related documents – current notices and a summary of suggested changes

Current Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Current Food Notice: Requirements for Food Control Plans and National Programmes [PDF, 371 KB]

Current Food Notice: Food Service and Food Retail Business Food Control Plan templates issued under section 39 [PDF, 459 KB]

Summary of suggested changes for the Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan received from food businesses and verifiers [PDF, 281 KB]

Background to this consultation

New Zealand Food Safety started a template review project in October 2021. The purpose of the project is to review and update 5 templates provided under the Food Act 2014:

  • the Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan
  • My Food Plan
  • National Programme guidance documents 1, 2, and 3.

The project aims to ensure that all content is technically and legally correct, accessible, easy to understand, and easy for food business operators to use.  

Summaries of what is being proposed

It is important to New Zealand Food Safety that you have your say. We need your help to make the Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan and the 2 food notices easy to understand to support food businesses do what they do best – make yummy, safe and suitable food.

In this consultation you are being asked to comment on the Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan; Food Notice: Food Service and Food Retail Business Food Control Plan templates issued under section 39; and Food Notice: Requirements for Food Control Plans and National Programmes. Here is a brief summary for your feedback:

Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan

Proposed changes have been made to this template food control plan, based on feedback received during this project. These changes are highlighted in the draft Simply Safe & Suitable template food control plan. Proposed changes include:

  • changing the pH requirements for acidified rice in the 'Making sushi' card
  • adding time/temperature requirements for hot smoking seafood
  • allowing food businesses to prove their method for cooling freshly cooked food, and reheating food
  • expanding the scope of the 'Using acid to control bugs' requirements to allow for more than just pickling of meat, fruits and vegetables
  • updating the visual description of the 2 hour/4 hour requirement
  • adding a visual description of the cooling freshly cooked food requirement.

If you provided feedback during the project and would like to know the outcome of it, refer to the summary of suggested changes document.

Food Notice: Food Service and Food Retail Business Food Control Plan templates issued under section 39

We propose to revoke the 'Food Control Plan – Food Service and Food Retail (S39-00001)' in schedule 1 of this Notice. We propose that all businesses currently using this food control plan will have until 1 February 2024 to move to the 'Template Food Control Plan – Simply Safe & Suitable (S39-00004)' described in Schedule 2 of this Notice. While this transition is happening, there will be certain cards that businesses using S39-00001 will be required to adopt to meet updated food safety requirements. More information can be found in clause 1.4 of this Notice.

We propose to amend the 'Template Food Control Plan – Simply Safe & Suitable (S39-00004)' in Schedule 2 of this Notice. We propose that businesses using this plan will have until 1 February 2024 to adopt all the changes. While this transition is happening, there will be certain cards that businesses will be required to adopt to meet food safety requirements in the meantime. More information can be found in clause 1.4 of this Notice.

Food Notice: Requirements for Food Control Plans and National Programmes

We propose to:

  • remove the expired transitional provision for National Programme operators
  • remove the expired information for operators transitioning to a food control plan that prepare or manufacture low-acid canned foods
  • update 'Part 2: Requirements for self-supply water at places used for food' to reflect the new water services requirements as set by Taumata Arowai
  • update on what constitutes a significant amendment to a food control plan.

Making your submission

We encourage you to make your submission through our online survey by 5pm on 14 November 2022.

Online submission form - Surveymonkey

Or alternatively you can email your submission to foodactinfo@mpi.govt.nz.

While we prefer survey responses, you can post written submissions to:

Food Regulation – Template Review Team
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

If you are emailing or posting your submission then make sure you tell us:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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 the Ministry for Primary Industries makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation