Making changes to a food business in Alert Level 3
There are requirements food businesses must follow to ensure their food is safe and suitable for consumers. New Zealand Food Safety has developed ways for businesses – operating under the Food Act 2014 and Animal Products Act 1999 – to meet these requirements so they can operate under Alert Level 3, including making changes to the way they do business (such as adding on key operations like delivery, transport, and making chilled/frozen food).
The first step is for you to check if your business can operate at Alert Level 3 – please visit the Government’s COVID-19 website .
Making changes to a Food Act business
The following guidance is for businesses which operate under the Food Act 2014 (including butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, delicatessens, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, food service, manufacturers, food transporters, cheesemakers, winemakers and horticultural growers) who want to extend their scope under COVID Alert Level 3.
Food businesses need to follow these steps:
Step 1 Check your current Food Control Plan or National Programme
If you already have the cards (in the packs below) that you need, then all you need to do is follow the Safe Practice Guidance (Step 6).
Step 2 Add any cards you need
If you don’t have the cards, download the relevant pack and attach these cards to your current plan or programme:
- Pack 1. Adding takeaway/pickup [PDF, 301 KB]
- Pack 2. Delivery [PDF, 413 KB]
- Pack 3. Meal kits and repacking bulk food [PDF, 476 KB]
- Pack 4. Chilled/frozen food [PDF, 689 KB]
- Pack 5. Making jams, chutneys, and sauces [PDF, 748 KB]
Step 3 Check that you are meeting requirements for the added Packs
Note: There is an extra step for businesses that want to add Pack 4 (to prepare chilled and frozen meals). Because the food safety risks are greater for these processes, these businesses need an off-site Scope Change Check interview within five (5) working days of operating to check they are managing the associated food safety risks. There is no charge to the business for this check.
Step 4 Email your Registration Authority listed in your plan or programme
If you have made changes to what you do (including adding a new Pack), then you need to let your Registration Authority know.
If you are adding on Pack 4 (preparing chilled and frozen food), your Registration Authority will arrange a Scope Change Check to make sure you understand how to manage the food safety risks.
Step 5 Follow your revised plan or programme
Step 6 Follow the Safe Practice Guidance
Note: For guidance about re-opening your food business in Alert Level 3
Re-opening a Food Business Checklist [PDF, 197 KB]
Making changes to an Animal Products Act business
The following steps are for businesses that operate under the Animal Products Act, including egg producers, dual operator butchers, dairy producers and suppliers of raw drinking milk.
It will help those producers who want to add packaging, labelling and/or delivery of animal products to the scope of their Risk Management Programme (RMP).
- Download A1 RMP Template for Packaging, Labelling and Delivery of Animal Products. This has been pre-evaluated and does not require further evaluation.
Risk Management Programme template for packaging, labelling and delivery of animal products – Attachment A1 [PDF, 488 KB]
- Attach this to your current RMP. Including this pre-evaluated RMP template will be considered to be a minor amendment of your RMP.
- Notify your verifier and MPI Approvals (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you have added the respective operation(s) to the scope of your business’s RMP.
- Start following the additional procedures within your business operation.
- Once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, you will need to formally advise MPI Approvals if you want to continue with the additional or changed operations.
Note, farmers selling and delivering raw drinking milk to consumers who are registered under the raw drinking milk Regulated Control Scheme (RCS), must continue to follow the requirements of the Raw Milk for Sale to Consumers Regulations 2015 and Animal Products Notice: Raw Milk for Sale to Consumers as well as meeting the COVID-19 rules for home delivery.
Animal Products Notice: Raw Milk for Sale to Consumers [PDF, 926 KB]
For Food Act questions, contact us at email@example.com or phone 0800 00 83 33.
For Animal Products Act questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 00 83 83.
For latest sector-specific advice on COVID-19:
- Primary sector businesses, services, and support services
- For supermarkets, visit MBIE’s Workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels