Food Business Information
Environmental Health Officers visit most food businesses annually to verify that the operation of the business and the premises continue to comply with the Regulations. There are some food businesses that are inspected by other bodies e.g. Third Party Auditors, rather that local Environmental Health Officers. An Officer may arrive at any time, without an appointment and must be allowed access to all parts of your food premises.
Any matters that are of concern will be discussed with you at the time of the visit and followed up in a formal letter to you. Re-inspections will be carried out if necessary to ensure all requisitions have been corrected to the satisfaction of the Officer.
Food Premises Registration
Any food premises must obtain a Certificate of Registration before a business can open. This will only be approved and issued when the premise complies with the Food Act 2014 and all other relevant legislation (e.g. requirements under the Building Act or Resource Management Act).
Food Control Plans
As per the Food Act 2014, all food businesses involved in food service such as, cafes, restaurants, takeaway food outlets, must now use and register a Food Control Plan.
Please be aware that Food Control Plans (FCP) are nontransferable and as per section 71 of the Food Act 2014, all food businesses that are approved and operating under the FCP and are either closing or change ownership, excluding any minor changes such as, a change in the owning company, must formally surrender their FCP in writing to the QLDC Environmental Health Department.
If you are closing down or selling your food premises you must surrender your Food Control Plan. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to send an email to our Environmental Health team
Public Health Contacts
Public Health South - Health Protection Officer - Phone: 03 450 9156.
Contact an Environmental Health Officer to discuss anything relating to food premises, phone 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0006 (Wanaka).