Template food control plans

Most food service businesses and food retailers can use a template food control plan to meet the requirements of the Food Act. Find out if you can use one of the templates for your business.

What is a template food control plan?

A template food control plan (FCP) is a pre-evaluated plan for managing food safety. If your business activities are covered by one of the available templates, you can use this rather than creating your own custom plan.

Types of template FCPs

New Zealand Food Safety provides the following pre-evaluated plans: 

There are also industry-developed (section 40/s40) templates, created by other organisations and approved by New Zealand Food Safety. Usually these are only available to their members, so you’ll need to get in touch with the organisation if you want to use their template. Industry-developed templates are available for:

  • NZ Aged Care Association
  • Care Association New Zealand
  • Lone Star 
  • Baking Industry Association of New Zealand

Check a template FCP is right for you

If you're not sure if your business fits under a template FCP, our tool will help you work it out.

How to create a template FCP

We have a step-by-step process for each type of template FCP. Select the one that suits your business:

Get your plan ready in time

All new businesses must register their plans under the Food Act 2014 before they open.

If your business was operating before 1 March 2016, see the transition timetable for when you need to register a FCP.

Who to contact

If you have questions about food control plans, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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