Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Food standards clearly reflected in gradings

10 December 2007

Food standards clearly reflected in gradings

Kapiti Coast residents are urged to pay attention to the gradings on the food safety certificates issued to all Kapiti food premises last week.

“Every food premise registered with the Kapiti Coast District Council has been checked and re-checked over the past few months as the new Grading system created under the Food Safety Bylaw 2006 has been fully introduced,” Senior Environmental Health & Licensing Officer, Eamon O’Sullivan said today.

“Certificates were posted out last week and it’s a legal obligation for every food premise registered with the Council to display their grading certificate so the public have a clear indication of the level of health, hygiene and food handling practices of those premises.” Exceptions include premises that operate under a national NZ Food Safety Association Food Plan such as Woolworths, New World and Pak n Save.

There are four gradings, A, B, D and E. “A is great, B is reasonable, D is barely a pass and E means closure,” Mr O’Sullivan said. “We don’t have a C because that would imply a pass while a D is clearly below average.”

A Grade means the premises exceed the Council’s current requirements, display a high standard of cleaning and hygiene and demonstrate superior food handling practices. B Grade means the premises meet the Council’s current requirements, display a satisfactory standard of cleaning and hygiene and have good food handling practices.

D Grade means the premises fall below the Council’s current requirements and that improvements in maintenance and/or food handling practices are required.

“Our aim is to encourage all food premises on the Kapiti Coast to be A Grade or, at the very least, B. D is not really satisfactory and we suspect the public will vote with their feet when they see D Grade certificates.

“We’ll be working with the owners and operators of the D and the B grade premises to bring them up to the highest standards but, in the meantime, we would welcome advice from members of the public if they observe any unsafe food handling practices or they are unable to see the certificate clearly on display in the premises,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We expect the on-going Domestic Food review and the new Food Act 2008 will bring positive changes to food safety on the Kapiti Coast and nationally.

“This is a first step for us in bringing about a positive change in the operational conduct, handling practices and training requirements for food premises on the Kapiti Coast.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news