Food Act Update

Growers are required to apply for registration under the Food Act 2014 by 30 November 2018 in order to be registered for the Food Act by the final deadline of 28 February 2019.

Growers need to demonstrate how they grow and harvest food that is safe for consumers. Under the Food Act growers and packhouses need to meet the requirements of National Programme 1.

Growers that are already certified to GLOBAL G.A.P or NZGAP meet the requirements of National Programme 1, however you must still be registered with MPI.

Options for registration are:

For those growers who are NZ GAP Group or GLOBAL G.A.P Group certified:

  • Authorise your grower organisation to manage registration for you. 

For those growers who are directly NZ GAP registered and certified:

  • You would have already been notified by HortNZ with an offer to register with MPI on your behalf. If you are unsure whether or not HortNZ have registered you with MPI, please contact NZ GAP.

Growers who are not currently registered with a food safety programme:

Get checked (verified)

Each grower needs to arrange for an approved Food Act verifier to check their business and verify you meet the requirements of the Food Act. 

MarketDirect to store (e.g. local dairy or sushi shop)Local wholesalerLocal supermarketExport
GrowerNP 1
NZ GAP Domestic
NP 1
NZ GAP Domestic
NZ GAP Benchmark
Global GAP
Global GAP
PackhouseNP 1
NZ GAP Domestic
NP 1
NZ GAP Domestic
NZ GAP Benchmark
Global GAP
Global GAP
BRC
Grower harvesterNZ GAP Benchmark
Global GAP
Global GAP
Contract HarvesterNZ GAP Benchmark
Global GAP
Global GAP