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18 April 2019

Update to FCP/NP register

Update to FCP/NP register

To improve the visibility of which template a business has used, there has been an update to the FCP/National Programme public register to include “FCP Template Type” as a search field, and a new field displayed on both the site and Risk-Based Measures
(RBM) details pages.

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Verifying from 1 March

When you are preparing to verify a food business, please check their registration status. If a business hasn’t started the process of registration, please immediately advise that business that they are operating illegally and advise the registration authority of their status.

To explain Food Act registration changes from 1 March 2019, please refer to this new web page.

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Class Recognition and FCPs for Horticulture

We are pleased to announce that these auditors, who are approved by a certification body to operate within the schemes, are recognised as Food Act 2014 verifiers verifying horticulture operations. This is the first class recognition under the Food Act and these recognitions have their own register available here.

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Egg Shelf-life Regime Changes for RMP Operators

In a positive move, New Zealand Food Safety has amended the shelf-life regime for clean un-cracked eggs to 35 days (from the previous recommended 15 days) at room temperature(from the previous 15 days) for Risk Management Programme (RMP)
operators under the Animal Products Act 1999. This is a big change for the industry.

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Section 137 Review

We will soon be approaching Territorial Authorities (TAs) for comment for input into the statutory review process of section 137 of the Food Act 2014.

This section gives TAs exclusivity for verifying food business operating under a template Food Control Plan issued by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), entirely within one district, and selling food primarily directly to consumers.

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Chocolate Recalls

You may have noticed an increase in food recalls for products containing dark chocolate. So it’s timely to talk about how these chocolate recalls affect food businesses, verifiers and consumers.

The recalls are associated with an imported dark chocolate product. Following a report of an allergic reaction by a consumer, testing of the dark chocolate found that it contained high levels of milk protein. The levels detected (>1000ppm) are considered to be of
significant concern for consumers allergic to milk proteins and others who wish to avoid milk proteins.

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Industry Kudos at NZIEH Awards

Congratulations to two Food Act co-regulators who received industry kudos at the 2019 New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health (NZIEH) Awards, in Dunedin last month.

Regulatory Services Manager Doug Scott South Taranaki District Council won the Leadership category and Senior EHO Bob Askew, from Nelson City Council took home
the Contribution awards!

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Key MPI Updates

Food Safety in the Spotlight
2019 marked our 10th anniversary at the NZIEH Conference to host a stand-alone New Zealand Food Safety/MPI day.

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Sector specific training

We heard at the conference that verifiers are struggling to find information to build competencies in some
products and processes.

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QMS development 
We understand many TAs want to go down the Quality Management System (QMS) path, but don’t know where to start and are concerned about getting it wrong.

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Co-regulatory Priorities Panel On the Road

The Co-regulatory Priorities Panel (CPP) is excited to hit the road in May to talk with their fellow co-regulators about what they’re finding and how they can get involved with the process.

Cluster group meetings are scheduled for:
• Wednesday, 1 May – Wellington
• Thursday, 9 May from 10am – Christchurch City Council, 53 Hereford St, Christchurch
• Friday, 10 May – Dunedin TBC
• TBC May Auckland
• TBC Napier

To RSVP or confirm venues and times, please email us at foodactinfo@mpi.govt.nz or phone 0800 00 8333. For more about the CPP, check out the December 2018 and March 2019 editions of Food News.

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Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award

We are looking for nominations for an individual, a team, or an organisation who has made a significant improvement to food safety in New Zealand. This could include developing or improving a food safety process or operation. It could be in one sector, or across a few sectors

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Enter the New Zealand Food Awards

Entries for the 2019 New Zealand Food Awards are open between 1 May and 31 May 2019.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been a major sponsor of the New Zealand Food Awards since 2008 and has sponsored different award categories over that time.
The awards are owned and organised by Massey University. New Zealand Food Safety sponsors two categories of the awards – the Food Safety Culture Award and the Primary Sector Products Award. Finalists will be announced on 21 August 2019 and winners will be announced on 23 October 2019.

Please visit our website for more information on how to enter.

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Who’s Not Getting Food News?

This newsletter is aimed at councils, verifiers and food safety officers working under the Food Act. If you have colleagues in these roles, please make sure they have access to this information. 

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