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. Options for registration may include:

For those growers who are GAP Certified:

  • Authorise your grower organisation to manage registration for you. This option is under active discussion with MPI and NZ Avocado will contact grower’s when or if this becomes an option for you

OR

  • Registration under National Programme 1 with your local council
  • Registration of a multi-site business (crossing council boundaries) with MPI

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.

The good news for growers that are already certified to GLOBALG.A.P or NZGAP is that MPI has reviewed these standards and agreed that food grown in accordance with them will meet their guidelines for safe food. The process to have these recognised under the Food Act is underway and will mean that rather than following National Programme 1 you will be able to continue to use your GAP programme instead.

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. MPI is working with various industry bodies, including the GAP National Technical Working Group (NZGAP is a member), to agree how current GAP inspections can double as a Food Act verification, to avoid extra verification costs. Growers will be advised as soon as details are finalised.

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