Food Control Plans

Food Control Plans - Men writing notes on paper.

Food Control Plans are one of the regulatory tools introduced under the Food Act 2014.  A Food Control Plan is a risk-based measure that helps food operators meet their food safety obligations and concentrates on the processes and procedures that need to be in place to keep food safe.

The template Food Control Plan is a ready-made set of procedures that food business operators can use to manage the food safety aspects of their business. The Food Control Plan identifies potential food safety risks at each point from receiving and storing goods to preparing, cooking and serving food. Step-by-step information and checklist-style tools, such as a diary, show staff how to manage those risks to protect customers. 

Food businesses can start using Off-the-Peg Food Control Plans (FCPs) ahead of the Food Act 2014 being fully enacted, as part of the Voluntary Implementation Programme (VIP).  VIP is open to businesses in the food service sector such as cafes, takeaways, bars, hotels, clubs and on and off site caterers.

Local businesses already using FCPs

We would like to congratulate the following food businesses for taking up the challenge and moving onto the Food Control Plan ahead of the law change:

OPS Catering Limited Foxton Hotel
Manawatu Marine Boating Club (Inc.) Levin Sports Bar
Honeyrock Trading As Roadkill Books The Vines Cafe and Function Centre
Woody's Free Range Farm Foxton Villa Cafe and Gardens
Levin RSA Tatum Park
The Food Bus Early Breeze Cafe Ltd
Simply Balmy Levin Roast
KFC NZ Ltd Levin Mr Grumpy's Takeaway
Focal Point Cinema & Cafe Cafe Trainers
Horowhenua Masonic Village Cafe Whispers Cafe Limited
Classic Foods 2008 Levin Cosmopolitan Club Inc.
The Sponge Kitchen Cobb & Co
Fivestar Takeaways Ltd. Thai Taste Express
The Tuck Shop Sushiman
Rangoli Restaurant and Takeaway Murrayfield Museum Café
Southend Takeaways Beach Family Takeaways
The Little White Rabbit

Free mentoring sessions

Horowhenua District Council is currently running free mentoring sessions to help our food business operators move onto Food Control Plans. Contact our Environmental Health team on (06) 366 0999 for more information about Food Control Plans.

Further information

We recommend that you visit the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website for more information about VIP, Food Control Plans and the Food Act 2014.

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