Introduction to food control plans

A Food Control Plan (FCP) is a written document that sets out what a business needs to do to make safe and suitable food. Find out which plan you need for your food business.

Template or custom FCP?

Many businesses can use a food control plan (FCP) template, provided by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Others will need to develop their own FCP (a custom FCP) or use an industry-developed template.

You'll need to register your plan each year and have a regular check (verification) to make sure your plan is being followed.

Businesses that can use a template FCP

The types of businesses that can use a template FCP include:

  • food service businesses such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways, catering, or hospital kitchens
  • food retailers that prepare or manufacture and sell food – including retail butchers, fishmongers, delis, and supermarkets
  • cheesemakers and cheesemongers
  • members of an organisation that has created its own template – approved by MPI's New Zealand Food Safety.

Businesses that will use a custom FCP

The types of businesses that will use a custom FCP include those that:

  • want to create their own unique plan tailored to their way of doing things
  • have food activities not covered by National Programmes or the templates above
  • have diverse activities and don't want to operate off multiple plans
  • manufacture high-risk foods such as fresh ready-to-eat salads, meat, poultry, fish, processed egg products, or food for vulnerable groups such as babies or the elderly.

Unsure where you fit?

If you're not sure if your business will operate under a food control plan, MPI has developed a tool – My food rules – to help you work it out.

Who to contact

If you have questions about food control plans, email

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