On this page:
- A toolkit to help you
- Record blanks
- Buddy magazine
- The shop
- Who can help
If you own or manage a food business, you know your customers expect the food you make to be safe and suitable. On this page, we've compiled resources to help you navigate what to do and find methods that will suit your business.
A toolkit to help you
We launched our food safety toolkit in 19 July 2018. It's an interactive package of tools to help food businesses using the Simply Safe & Suitable (SSS) Template Food Control Plan (FCP) meet the rules.
The toolkit focuses on some of the most important food safety messages.
In 2018, we sent a toolkit box to every New Zealand business with a registered SSS TFCP. You can access your toolkit from your local council when you register your SSS plan. A number of the toolkit resources are available for free on this page, including the Food Safety Buddy magazine and posters. If you want to buy more toolkits, or if you don’t use a SSS plan but would like to buy a toolkit, visit True North portal.
What's in the toolkit?
Co-designed with businesses, the toolkit has been built to quickly promote good food safety and suitability practices among staff and to support your training programmes. In each box are:
- posters to display in the workplace
- informative magnets to go on fridges
- the Food Safety Buddy magazine
- the Allergy Aware card game, to help staff learn about food allergies
- and more.
The kits are designed to be customised so your food business can use these in a way that suits your staff and your working methods. Note, the toolkit is not a legal requirement – the rules that businesses must follow are outlined in their Food Control Plans.
If you have any ideas to improve the toolkit, email email@example.com
The Buddy is a magazine for all food businesses. Buddy aims to help teams to grow their understanding of the importance of effective food safety. It can be used as a conversation starter as well as a training resource. It’s full of useful guides and comics, perfect for all learning styles.
The latest issue (July 2020) is all about food safety culture – the range of behaviours that enable a team to make consistently safe and suitable food.
Learn more about the toolkit and how it will help your business keep food safe.
Check out a way to prevent cross-contamination of food in your restaurant.
Discover one unique solution to this problem.
Find out a simple way to label food containers.
Some examples of when your hands come in to contact with bugs in the kitchen.
Find out why it’s a good idea to keep records.
Food safety guidance
Find out if your business is exempt, when you could apply for exemption and when an exemption application is unlikely to be approved.
A brief summary of the Food Act and what it means for you.
How do you register under the Food Act 2014 and more.
A guide to finding out what you need to do to comply with the Food Act 2014.
A guide for tour operators to understand their responsibilities in relation to the Food Act 2014.
A guide to creating your own unique plan that fits your business.
Selling food at a local market? Check this guide for help.
Running a fundraising activity that involves food? This guide will help.
Every group is different. See how yours fits into the Food Act 2014.
Little people's food needs to be safe and suitable. Find out what early childhood centres need to do.
Many foods need to be labelled accurately if you wish to sell them. Find out what goes into a good food label.
You need to know how to label your alcoholic drink if you are a manufacturer, importer or retailer.
Lupin is a legume that can cause a strong allergic reaction in some people. Find out how to keep food safe.
This guide is for honey extractors, packers, manufacturers and importers who sell their honey in New Zealand.
You can order the toolkit and some other resources online through True North.