Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


No red tape for Kiwi sausage sizzle


Lianne Dalziel

18 September, 2008
No red tape for Kiwi sausage sizzle

Traditional Kiwi sausage sizzles, fundraisers, club functions, church fairs and school galas will not be affected by proposed rules that will require commercial food or catering businesses to put food safety management plans (called Food Control Plans) in place, Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel confirmed today.

Lianne Dalziel was responding to what she described as misinformation circulating around a new and improved food safety regime, which is still a long way off implementation.

"We haven't even finalised the proposed Food Bill, let alone introduced it into Parliament yet and I am hearing that people running cake stalls at community fairs will have to have their kitchens inspected by the authorities. It is nonsense.

"When the new rules do come in, most commercial businesses selling or serving food will be required to operate Food Control Plans which document their food safety practices. Standard templates for these Food Control Plans will be available for different sectors from the NZ Food Safety Authority free of charge – so anyone who is saying you need to hire a consultant might have a vested interest.

"New Zealanders who are dining in commercially catered premises quite rightly expect that certain levels of food hygiene are being met. Food borne illness is still a huge issue in this country and we're determined to combat it.

"But let me make this crystal clear: those community activities that are part of the very fabric of the Kiwi way of life will not be regulated by Food Control Plans – not now, not ever, never. Sausage sizzles, cake stalls, bring and buy events, school or church fairs, bring a plate afternoon teas, pot luck dinners – no-one organising these is going to have to register a plan or have their kitchens inspected," Lianne Dalziel said.

Lianne Dalziel told delegates at NZFSA's annual conference in Rotorua today that Territorial Authorities (TAs) will continue to have responsibility for authorising community and charity events as they do now, and in the future will issue guidance, developed by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), to give people advice on safe food handling practices.

Sports clubs had been targeted by a misinformation campaign that had been formulated without even seeing the legislation which will not be introduced for at least two months, Lianne Dalziel said.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Video: John Key's Flip-Flop Over Slater Text Messages
Dim-Post Link: The Very Odd Slightly Left Of Centre

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news