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New regulations proposed to strengthen food recalls

New regulations proposed to strengthen food recalls and manage risks

25 October 2018

New Zealand Food Safety today announced it is seeking feedback on proposals to strengthen food recalls and improve risk-based plans and programmes.

Head of New Zealand Food Safety, Bryan Wilson, says the consultation is about setting clear expectations for food businesses in preparation for and during a recall, as well as providing more certainty by making the food safety requirements clearer and more accessible to all parties involved in the food system.

“Our food safety system is very important to all New Zealanders, and has a strong reputation. It works to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses and to ensure food is safe and suitable. A key component of that reputation is that we are continually working to improve it.

“The proposed regulations have their origins in the independent Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident (WPC Inquiry) that occurred in 2013. The WPC Inquiry found that New Zealand has a world class regulatory system but that some improvements could be made. The WPC Inquiry recommended both regulatory and non-regulatory improvements - most of which have already been made.

“One of the areas the WPC Inquiry identified for regulatory improvement is food recalls. This is about a business’s ability to quickly trace and recall their products. Food businesses need to maintain readily accessible records of their food inputs and outputs. Another area identified for improvement is risk-based plans and programmes - the key tool food businesses use to manage their food safety and suitability risks.

“We want to find the most effective ways to improve food recalls and risk-based plans and programmes through implementing the lessons learned from the WPC Incident. Adopting these requirements will decrease the impact of any unsafe food on consumers and also reduce costs during a food safety incident. We also want to avoid placing unnecessary compliance burdens on businesses, and we are consulting to understand what the impacts of these proposals would be on businesses,” says Mr Wilson.

Consultation on the proposals to strengthen food recalls and risk-based plans and programmes is open until 5pm, 7 December 2018. A discussion paper that sets out proposals for potential regulations in a number of areas is available on the MPI website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/proposals-to-strengthen-food-recalls-and-risk-based-plans-and-programmes

Submissions can be made through the website, by emailing food.policy@mpi.govt.nz, or by writing to Consultation: Proposals to strengthen food recalls and risk-based plans and programmes, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140.


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