Changes to the Simply Safe & Suitable Template Food Control Plan
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are introducing some changes to the Simply Safe & Suitable Template Food Control Plan based on feedback from food businesses using the plan and the verifiers that check those plans.
Some of the key changes include:
- changing the pH requirements for acidified rice in the ‘Making sushi’ card
- adding time/temperature requirements for hot smoking seafood
- allowing food businesses to prove their method for cooling freshly cooked food, and reheating food
- expanding the scope of the ‘Using acid to control bugs’ requirements to allow for more than just pickling of meat, fruits and vegetables
- updating the visual description of the 2 hour/4 hour requirement
- adding a visual description of the cooling freshly cooked food requirement
More details on the changes can be found in the summary of submissions from the consultation on the MPI website.
What this means for food businesses
If your business has a Simply Safe & Suitable Template Food Control Plan, you need to update your plan to reflect these changes:
- Update specific cards in your Food Control Plan as soon as possible
- The new, full plan must be complete by 20 February 2024
Our Environmental Health Officers will be checking for compliance with these changes as part of future inspections. They are happy to answer any questions you have about implementing these change:
Phone: 07 884 0060
The Food Act 2014 came into effect in March 2016. A risk-based approach to managing food safety were introduced by using a Food Control Plan. Higher-risk food businesses need to use a Food Control Plan to assist them in identifying food safety risks and set out how they will manage their day-to-day operations safely.
Template Food Control Plans were designed to make it easier on food businesses to keep their customers safe.
The Simply Safe & Suitable Template Food Control Plan applies to businesses that function in the following areas:
- Food Service Businesses such as restaurants, café’s, takeaways and caterers. This also includes rest homes and schools where organisations make and serve food.
- Food Retailers that make or prepare food like retail butchers, fishmongers, delicatessens, bakeries and supermarkets.
- The cards to be updated are:
- Managing self-supply water
- Separating food
- Knowing what’s in your food
- Packaging and labelling
- Recalling your food
- Using acid to control bugs
- Making sushi
- Hot smoking
- The plan was designed so you can add and remove pages easily. You can do this by:
- Downloading the new cards from the MPI website here, and saving them to your computer or printing them.
- Matamata-Piako District Council can provide you with a copy at the cost of $16 per plan.
- Purchasing a hard copy (i.e. printed) Plan from True North here.