Fundraising and community groups
There are some exemptions under the Food Act. You don't need a food control plan or programme if you are:
- selling food for fundraising less than 20 times a year. Fundraising activities include sausage sizzles, raffles and charity events.
- sharing food with others at sports clubs or social clubs where food is not the purpose of the event. For example, providing nibbles at a bowling club games night.
Get more information about what you need to do and whether you’re exempt on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.
Food Control Plans
If you have a food business, you need to have a plan or programme to manage food safety risks.
A food control plan sets out what steps a business making or selling higher-risk foods needs to take to make safe food. You use it to identify risks and show how they're being managed.
There are different plans for different food sectors.
Depending on the scope of your food business, you will need to register to operate under either a Food Control Plan (FCP) or a National Programme (NP).
If you're not sure whether your business will operate under a food control plan, MPI has developed a tool – My food rules – to help you work it out.