Kāpiti Coast Council hosted a successful training session for food service providers to help businesses stay up to speed on industry requirements.
Along with Ministry of Primary Industries representatives, Council’s Environmental Health team ran the workshop to help owners, managers and food staff understand what the new Food Act means for their business.
Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says there was a good attendance to the session with 23 people taking part.
“It was a helpful session for food service providers,” she says. “We’re not only trying to raise awareness around the new Food Act requirements that came into force this year, but also let food businesses in Kāpiti know we’re here to help.
“We’re also hoping to provide a better public service to our community through connectivity between us here at Council and the team at Ministry for Primary Industries.”
The workshop included an introduction to the Food Act, a session checking what type of regulations apply to each business owner and an ‘ask the expert’ time to question Council and MPI staff about more specifics. MPI is nationally responsible for administering the Food Control Act.
“We’re keen to continue linking up and providing our Kāpiti customers an opportunity to meet staff from MPI and it’s great we’ve been able to do that here,” Ms Muir says.