Food Safety Costs Likely to Kill Off Many Market Stalls
Many market stallholders may close down under the cost of meeting new food safety regulations, says New Zealand First.
“If vendors have to pay hundreds of dollars for compliance many will pack up, as they are just trying to provide some local character to the market, something encouraged in provincial towns overseas,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“Markets around the country could shrink.
“Serious concerns are rising in Northland amongst some stallholders who may face costs of up to $2000 for authorisation.
“The fee is the same for full-time producers and food retailers as it is for individuals selling at a market for four hours a week. That will be the same in towns all over the country.
“Wellington bureaucrats are putting an impracticable scheme in place without a serious understanding of what happens at local markets or the challenges stallholders face.
“Childcare centres have raised concerns with requirements from on high without any comprehension of how catering in the centres works. In the main catering is being done by good people who are as careful about issues of hygiene at these centres as they are in their own home.
“It’s just another example of people being penalised by those in Wellington making laws and not understanding the needs and limitations of the population.
“In Northland the only person handling the compliance lives in Waipu. Their travel costs to other towns will add significantly to the costs.
“Wellington bureaucrats, and politicians for that matter, need to understand that it is these people who are paying their wages, not some mythical economy.”