Businesses that must register by 31 March 2018

The deadline for some food businesses to be registered under the new Food Act is 31 March 2018. Find out if you need to bring your business under the Food Act by this date.


When businesses need to change

Any new food business should register under the Food Act straight away, but existing food businesses are changing over to the new rules in stages. If your business is in the categories on this page, you need to apply soon to make sure you will be registered by the 31 March 2018 deadline.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local council. Or you can contact MPI by emailing foodactinfo@mpi.govt.nz 

Where does your business fit?

If you're not sure how the rules apply to you, or you do more than one food activity, use our tool to check where you fit with the Food Act.

Transition timetable

Businesses that should already be registered

Food businesses that should have registered by 30 June 2017 include:

  • food service business with an alcohol license (restaurants, cafes, caterers)
  • early childhood education centres 
  • processors of nuts and seeds (including coffee roasters)
  • manufacturers of food for vulnerable people
  • manufacturers of sauces and dips that need to be kept cold
  • manufacturers of ready-to-eat salads.

If you've missed this deadline, or are unsure of what to do, please contact your local council or MPI as soon as possible.

Businesses that need to register by 2019

Businesses detailed on this page need to register by 31 March 2018.

Some businesses don't need to apply to register until 30 November 2018, including those that switched early to a deemed food control plan.

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