Prior to food being manufactured, prepared or sold to the public the premises or operation must be registered, see legal requirements. Currently most of the food premises in the Waikato district are registered under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974.
It is an offence to operate food premises without current certification. Food cannot be prepared in a domestic kitchen and sold to the public, with the exception of those who have an approved Food Safety Programme eg Homemade Jam FSP.
There is currently no grading system in relation to food premises in the Waikato district, although one may be implemented either through national legislation or a local bylaw in the future.
Food Act 2014
The Food Act has been updated and will mean changes to all food businesses in the Waikato District. Find out more about the Food Act 2014 and what it means for you.
For further information about food premises: