Recently the Ministry for Primary Industries has released guidance for setting up your food control plan.  Most food service businesses can use a template food control plan to meet the requirements of the Food Act.  MPIs new guide is an easy to follow step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

To get started visit the MPI website using the link below;

Steps to a template food control plan - MPI

Template or Custom FCP?

Template FCPs are suitable for;

  • Food retail businesses that prepare or make and sell food - such as a butcher, a fishmonger, a retail baker, a delicatessen or supermarket.
  • Food service businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways or on-or-off-site caterers.  The template may also be used by operators of residential care facilities.

Most businesses in these sectors can use the template.  However, if you use processes that are not covered by the templates, or you want to do things differently, you can choose to develop your own plan, called a custom food control plan.  You can find more information on custom food control plans using the link below;

Find out how to develop a custom food control plan

Get your plan ready in time

By now your club should know whether you fit under a National Programme or whether you require a Food Control Plan.

From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must register their plans under the Food Act 2014 before they open.

For existing businesses requiring a Food Control Plan you must apply to register you food control plan 3 months before the final date for registration.  The final date for registration for restaurants, cafes etc is 30 June 2017.

For more information on the Food Act 2014 visit or contact National Office on 0800 4 CLUBS.