Food Act 2014

You’ll probably be aware by now that the Food Bill has received the Royal Assent, and is now the Food Act 2014.

The Act can be viewed at:

Some provisions of the new Act are in force already. These are powers that are conferred on the Director General of MPI, and that would typically be used in a food safety response situation. The key powers are:

- direction to complete and supply a declaration

- direction to impose movement or related controls

- direction to recall food or a food-related accessory

- direction to publish a statement

- power to publish privileged statements

- power to require production of information

The rest of the Act does not come into force until 1 March 2016 (or an earlier date set by Order in Council).

Between now and then regulations will be developed that support implementing the Act. There will be a public consultation on regulations, anticipated as being either later this year or in early 2015.

A fact sheet on the Food Act 2014 is here:

2014 Food Act – The Facts pdficon_large

… and there’s further information, including frequently asked questions on the MPI website at:

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