The Food Act passed into law on 1 March 2014. Since then, MPI has been drafting the Food Regulations which will underpin the new Act.
Earlier this year MPI drew up a set of proposals, which they are thinking of including in the regulations. They got feedback from industry on these proposals, which was generally supportive. So MPI will now finalise the draft regulations. Click on the image below for our own interpretation of how the Food Act is likely to be implemented in the horticulture industry.
- The horticulture industry is working with MPI to prepare for the implementation of the Food Act by the 31 March 2019 deadline. This includes establishing process for the registration of horticulture businesses and completion of food safety audits.
- Both MPI and the horticulture industry are seeking an efficient and effective food safety system, which is provided at minimum cost and without duplication.
- The horticulture industry is seeking a partnership approach between MPI and the industry, which achieves safe food and while providing an efficient and effective framework.
- The horticulture industry is seeking to utilise its industry systems which are well established in the horticulture industry for over 20 years.