Food Regulations 2015

Version as at 21 March 2023

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Food Regulations 2015

(LI 2015/310)

Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Administrator of the Government

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of December 2015

Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Pursuant to sections 2(1), 8(3), 43, 76, 381, 383, 384, 386 to 392, and 418 of the Food Act 2014, Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government makes the following regulations,—


acting, in relation to sections 43, 76, 381, 383, 384, and 386 to 392 of that Act, on the recommendation of the Minister for Food Safety, made in accordance with section 379 of that Act; and


acting, in relation to section 418 of that Act, on the recommendation of the Minister for Food Safety; and


acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.


4Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Additional contents of food control plans
7Custom food control plans must set out validation information
8Who may carry out evaluations of custom food control plans
9Evaluation process of custom food control plans
10Evaluation reports for custom food control plans
11Endorsement of evaluation reports of custom food control plans
12Application of this subpart
13Places of food business: design, construction, and location
16Maintenance compounds
17Waste management
18Pest control
19Design, construction, and location
22Measuring equipment
23Receiving and sourcing food
24Inventory control
25Packaging and other food-related accessories
26Identification, location, and tracing of food
27Recall of food or food-related accessory
28Protection against contamination, etc, generally
29Protection against contamination, etc, by people
30Procedures for hazard control
31Competency and training
32Operator verification
33Corrective actions
34Breach of food control plan must be reported
35Records that must be kept
36How long records must be kept
37Quality, content, and availability of records
38Identification and availability of food control plan documents
40Application of this Part
41National programme imposed
42Duty to comply with applicable requirements of Act
43Appropriate registration authority
44Duration of registration
45Application of this subpart
46Places of food business: design, construction, and location
49Maintenance compounds
50Waste management
51Pest control
52Design, construction, and location
54Cleaning facilities and equipment
57Air quality and ventilation
58Storage of food and food-related accessories
59Storage of cleaning and maintenance equipment and maintenance compounds
60Personal hygiene facilities
61Laundry facilities
62Baby changing facilities
63Solid waste disposal
64Liquid waste disposal
66Measuring equipment
67Vending machines
68Receiving and sourcing food
69Inventory control
70Packaging and other food-related accessories
71Identification, location, and tracing of food
72Recall of food or food-related accessory
73Protection against contamination, etc, generally
74Protection against contamination, etc, by people
75Protection during transportation
76Procedures for hazard control
77Competency and training
78Operator verification
79Corrective actions
80Breach of national programme must be reported
81How long records must be kept
82Quality, content, and availability of records
84Criteria for determining frequency of verification
85When requirements relating to frequency of verification apply
86Definition of verification requirement and registration authority for registered importers
87Custom food control plans
88Template food control plans
89Deemed food control plans
90Frequency of verification of food business and food control plan
91Food businesses subject to national programme level 3
92Food businesses subject to national programme level 2
93Food businesses subject to national programme level 1
94Frequency of verification of food businesses subject to national programmes
94AOperators of new businesses may request extension of time to fulfil verification obligations
94CTemporary exemption from verification requirements for affected food businesses because of severe weather event
96Verification of multi-site food businesses and multi-business food control plans
97Chief executive may require verification of registered importers
98Importer must pay for verification
99Who may verify
100Frequency of verification of operations of registered importer
101Frequency of verification for food businesses that choose to operate under higher risk-based measure
102Unscheduled verification
103Verification agency or verifier may recommend that corrective action be determined
104Corrective action plan
105Verification decision
106Reconsideration of verification decision
107Matters that verification agencies and independent verifiers must advise registration authority
110Quality management system
111Requirements for recognition of agencies under section 135 of Act
112Requirements for recognition of agencies under section 136 of Act
113Maintaining recognition
114Requirements relating to recognition of natural person and class of natural persons
115Additional recognition requirements for natural person or member of class of natural persons that are independent of recognised agency
116Recognised persons or member of recognised class of natural persons must maintain compliance with requirements in regulations 114 and 115
117Chief executive may require agency, person, or class to undergo assessment before and after granting recognition
118Accreditation reports
121Definition of responsibility
122Registered importers must take reasonable steps to assess safety and suitability of food
123Transport and storage of food
124Information that registered importer must keep or have ready access to
124AIdentification, location, and tracing of imported food
125Food safety officer may require certain information
127Information that must be provided to Joint Border Management System or food safety officer
128Categories of food
129Clearance required for high regulatory interest food
130Clearance for certain increased regulatory interest food
131Clearance requirements
132Registered importer must inform food safety officer where consignment to be held and inspected
133Food safety officer may require food to be moved for inspection
134Food for sampling and testing
135Frequency of testing
136Food that is subject to clearance or has failed clearance must not be distributed
137Required tests of samples of imported food must be undertaken in approved laboratories
137AApplication of this Part
137BIdentification, location, and tracing of exported food
137CRecall of exported food
139Definition of notice and specified food
140Criteria for specifying maximum residue levels of agricultural compound
141Contents of notice
142Maximum residue levels in processed food
143Maximum residue levels in food that consists of other foods
144Prohibition on sale of food containing residues of agricultural compound and exceptions
146Offences in Act stated to be infringement offences
147Definition of standard
148Exceptions, etc, in Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code apply to infringement offences
149Information requirements for food that is required to bear label
150Information requirements for food that is not required to bear label
151Prohibition on defacing labels
152Food required to bear label: labels must be in English
153Infringement notices and reminder notices
154Application of this Part
155Standards relating to labelling of imported wine
156Standards relating to water
157Exemption relating to hemp seed oil [Revoked]
159Hemp seeds and hemp seed food products declared food
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