Food Act 2014 Transition

Environmental Health

All New Zealand food and beverage businesses must apply for Food Act 2014 registration by 30 November 2018 and be registered by 28 February 2019. If your business is already registered, that’s excellent, you do not need to take any additional action.

Some common businesses that are required to apply by November are (but not limited to):

  • Businesses with a deemed food control plan (i.e. who registered voluntarily prior to March 2016)
  • Retailers of hot beverages and shelf-stable manufacturer-packaged foods only (i.e. coffee carts)
  • Extractors and packers of honey
  • Transporters or distributors of food products
  • Producers of horticultural food and horticultural packing operations (packhouses)
  • Retailers of manufacturer-packaged ice cream and iced confectionery
  • Grain Processors
  • Brewers, distillers, manufacturers of vinegar, alcoholic beverages or malt extract
  • Manufacturers of shelf-stable condiments (including sauces, spreads and preserves)

You can use the ‘Where Do I Fit’ tool to find out if you need to register, and what type of plan you need. This tool will also guide you through what to do next.

If you have questions about the Food Act or are unsure whether you have registered under the Act or not please contact us at

Alternatively, you can contact the Timaru District Council Environmental Health Departmen:

03 687 7200


Last updated: 24 Feb 2021