Food Hygiene Regulations 1974

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Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Food Hygiene Regulations 1974

(SR 1974/169)

Denis Blundell, Governor-General

Order in Council

At the Government House at Wellington this 1st day of July 1974

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.

Pursuant to the Health Act 1956 and the Food and Drug Act 1969, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

2A Exemption from compliance with regulations

3 Relationship between Parts

Part 1
Registration of premises

4 Premises to be registered

5 Conditions for registration

6 Transitional provisions

Part 2
Conduct and maintenance of food premises

7 Notices to be displayed in registered premises

8 First aid facilities in registered premises

9 General cleanliness of food premises

10 Restrictions on use of rooms and stalls as food rooms

10A Processing of meat not intended for sale

11 General duties of occupier of food premises

12 Maintenance of wash-hand basins in food premises

13 Vermin control in food premises

14 Refrigeration

15 Food storage

16 Condition of appliances, packages, and receptacles

17 Cleaning of places and equipment

Part 3
Conduct of workers

18 Food protection

19 Clothing and behaviour of workers

20 Prohibition of sale of food not prepared on registered or exempted premises

21 Food vehicles

22 Storage and packing of eggs

23 Precautions in auction marts

Part 4
Bakehouses and cake kitchens

24 Interpretation of Part 4

25 Application of Part 4

26 Special provisions relating to bakehouses and cake kitchens

Part 5

27 Special provisions relating to delicatessens

Part 6

28 Interpretation of Part 6

29 Application of certain provisions of Part 1 to unregistered eatinghouses

30 Special provisions relating to the conduct of eatinghouses

31 Special provisions relating to the conduct of workers in eatinghouses

32 Protection of food in eatinghouses

33 Display and service of food in eatinghouses

34 Cleaning of floors in eatinghouses

35 Cleaning of utensils in eatinghouses

36 Cleaning of glassware in licensed premises

37 Hot water rinsing machines

37A Chlorine chemical rinsing machines

38 Preparation of food in eatinghouses

39 Stalls

Part 7
Egg pulp

40 Preparation and drying of egg pulp

41 Pulping of eggs

Part 8
Meat and fish

42 Interpretation of Part 8

43 Application of Part 8

44 Preparation of meat and fish

45 Meat pickling preparations

46 Retail sale of meat and fish

47 Transport of meat and fish

Part 9
Sale of milk and yoghurt

48 Interpretation of Part 9

49 Application of Part 9

50 Refrigeration of milk and yoghurt

51 Sale of milk in containers

52 Transport of milk for sale

53 Further provisions governing delivery of milk for sale

Part 10
Packing and storage of milk

54 Packing of raw milk [Revoked]

55 Conduct of persons packing or bottling raw milk [Revoked]

56 Inspections [Revoked]

57 Storage of milk at depots

Part 11
Manufacture of frozen confections

58 Premises and equipment for manufacture of frozen confections

59 Conduct of persons manufacturing or packing frozen confections

Part 12
Sale of ice cream and frozen confections

60 Premises and equipment for sale of ice cream and frozen confections

61 Conduct of persons selling ice cream and frozen confections

62 Sales at places of public entertainment

Part 13
Manufacture of syrups, cordials, aerated waters, and other beverages

63 Interpretation of Part 13

64 Manufacture, preparation, and bottling of beverages

Part 14
Food vending machines

65 Interpretation of Part 14

66 Food vending machines to be of approved types

67 Restrictions on installation of food vending machines

68 Use of food vending machines

69 Hygiene

70 Inspection of food vending machines

Part 15

71 Interpretation of Part 15

72 Brewery premises and containers

73 Brewery equipment

74 Beer not to be syphoned by mouth

Part 16
Manufacture, preparation, storage, casking, and bottling of wine

75 Winery premises

75A Application of Schedule 1 to winemaker's premises

76 Winery equipment

77 Wine taps and pipes

78 Wine not to be syphoned by mouth

Part 17
Sale of liquor

79 Sale of liquor by wholesale

80 Beer dregs to be denatured

81 Conduct of persons engaged in the retail sale of liquor

Part 18
General provisions

82 Closure of premises

83 Duty of local authorities

84 Appeals to Director-General

85 Appeals to District Court

86 Offences and penalties

87 Revocations

Schedule 1
Requirements for registration of premises

Schedule 2
Regulations revoked

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