What's new – Risk Management Programmes

This page lists updates relevant to the Risk Management Programmes section of the MPI Food Safety website. Items are in date order, with the most recent listed first.

14 February 2017

17 January 2017

13 January 2017

1 December 2016

10 November 2016

  • New: RMP application process

    MPI has published a flow diagram which has information on MPI RMP registration application timeframes, and tips on how to submit a complete application.

2 November 2016

  • New: Publication of Swabbing for Listeria video

    Swabbing for Listeria video has been developed to help Risk Management Programme operators create an environmental testing programme. The video provides instructions on how to collect environmental samples from processing area for Listeria testing.

26 October 2016

  • New Consultation: Have your say on food safety rules

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is proposing some changes to food safety rules – and calling on businesses to give them feedback.

    Watch the video:

    The rules are part of the new Food Act, which came into effect in March this year. MPI has been monitoring the new law, and listening to feedback from businesses. We are now making changes to help the new law work better.

    Changes include reducing record keeping requirements for some lower risk businesses, getting rid of outdated rules, and making it easier for businesses to organise their first verification. There are also changes for national programme businesses using specific processes, like fermentation or pasteurisation.

    To find out about all the changes, see the MPI website. You can have your say in several ways, from making a formal submission to filling in a quick survey.

    Find out more:

21 September 2016

  • New: Publication of Listeria fact sheets for producers of ready-to-eat animal products

    MPI has developed a series of fact sheets that provide information on Listeria monocytogenes for producers and manufacturers of ready-to-eat animal products. These fact sheets help to support the implementation of Part 15: Requirements for Listeria of the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption that come into force on 1st October 2016.

    These fact sheets provide information about the foodborne bacteria Listeria and key good operating practices and control measures that can help to minimise contamination in the processing area.

    These factsheets are available on the Listeria – resources and documents webpage at:

    Further information about the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption is available from:


13 September 2016

8 August 2016

9 June 2016

  • New: Guidance Document: How to Determine the Shelf Life of Food

    This guidance document has been developed to help operators to determine the shelf life of their food products and to apply the appropriate date marking. It provides useful information to assist operators preparing and handling foods for retail sale. Any legal requirements are shown in boxes with quotation marks. They are either directly quoted from the requirements (including any clause numbers) or are summarised when the requirement is too long to include completely. It is the operator’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with all applicable current legislation including any requirements that amend, replace or correspond to the requirements referenced in this guidance document. This guidance document was amended in June 2016 to: * correct a legal error in section 8 of the guidance document; * include a copy of the date mark alteration application form; and * update the references to the Food Standards Code.

3 June 2016

21 April 2016

4 March 2016

2 March 2016

  • New: Strengthening the bee product export assurance system

    This notice specifies the requirements and controls in relation to the verification of animal material and animal products that are intended for export to countries for which official assurances are required.

19 February 2016

  • New Consultation: Proposals to strengthen the official assurance framework for dairy material and dairy products

    Consultation on the proposed changes to the dairy official assurances specifications is now open and will close on Friday 18 March 2016. The proposed changes largely relate to the mandating of full traceability across the board (i.e. full traceability for all dairy material and dairy intended for export to all countries for which official assurances are required instead of just China, EU and EEU). There are other minor amendments, which are discussed in the consultation paper and specified in the draft notice. MPI intends to issue the new notice in early April 2016.