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Inspection (verification) of your food business

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​All food businesses need an inspection to receive a food grade. This is referred to as verification. Conditions of verification depend on whether you registered your business under a food control plan (FCP) or national programme.

Verification of businesses registered under a FCP

If you get a verification under a FCP, one of our Environmental Health Officers (EHO) will carry out a verification within one month of registration, if you are:

  • a new food business
  • a food business that was exempted from registration under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
  • an existing food business with a new owner.

When the verification will be carried out under a FCP

An EHO will carry out an inspection within 12 months of registration if you are an existing business moving from operating under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 to a FCP.

Verification of businesses registered under a national programme

We can carry out verifications of businesses registered under national programmes if they are:

  • businesses that handle food, but do not prepare or manufacture food
  • bakeries that prepare or manufacture bread or bread products only
  • food service providers to pre-school children (including children under five)
  • retailers of manufacturer-packaged chilled or frozen food (excluding ice cream, iced confectionery, and iced desserts)
  • retailers of hot beverages and manufacturer-packaged foods only
  • retailers of manufacturer-packaged ice cream or iced confectionery.

For a complete list of approved third-party verifiers, visit the Ministry of Primary Industries website.

The verifiers details must be included in your application for registration.

When the verification will be carried out under a national programme

For food businesses under national programmes, verification will be carried out within one month of registration if you are:

  • a new food business
  • an existing food business with a new owner.

If you are an existing business moving from the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 to a national programme, verification will be carried out:

  • within six months of registration for businesses under national programme 3
  • within one year of registration for businesses under national programme 2 or 1.

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