Overview

Are you thinking of starting a small food business, selling from a roadside stall or market, or using food for fundraising? Read about the first steps, keeping your customers safe and complying with regulations. This includes packing, storing and transporting food.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) administers legislation covering all food for sale in New Zealand. This legislation is implemented by Health Protection Officers based at regional Public Health Units acting on behalf of MPI, and Environmental Health Officers from local councils (Territorial Authorities) who inspect the food premises that are registered with them.

The steps you need to take to get started can depend on the type of food business you intend to operate, and also where you intend to operate. As most New Zealand businesses start small and grow from there, the information in this section will be helpful when you are getting started with your food business.