Subpart 6—Powers and enforcement

Appointments by chief executive

276 Appoint food safety officers

(1)

The chief executive may appoint a person as a food safety officer for the purposes of this Act, whether or not the person is employed in the State sector.

(2)

The officer’s appointment document may authorise the officer to perform all the functions and duties, and exercise all the powers, that this Act confers on food safety officers.

(3)

Alternatively, the officer’s appointment document may specify the particular functions and duties that the officer may perform and the particular powers that the officer may exercise.

(4)

The chief executive may impose written conditions on the appointment of a food safety officer.

(5)

Food safety officers must not delegate any of their functions, duties, or powers.

(6)

A person appointed as a food safety officer who is not already a State sector employee does not become a State sector employee for the purposes of the State Sector Act 1988 or the Government Superannuation Fund Act 1956 only because of the appointment.

(7)

If a food safety officer who is not employed in the State sector or by a territorial authority receives information in the course of performing his or her functions or duties under this Act, the Official Information Act 1982 applies in relation to—

(a)

the organisation that employs the food safety officer as if it were an organisation listed in Schedule 1 of that Act; and

(b)

the information as if it were held by the organisation.