Food Bill Passes Into Law

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — 7:41 PM

A new food regulation bill a decade in the making has passed with general support.

The third reading of the Food Bill was completed on a voice vote.

Nikki Kaye said the bill had been ten years in the making and would reduce compliance costs while ensuring greater food safety. It put in place a risk based system.

The original bill went through a major rewrite and was sent back to select committee after a backlash from many people who said it was over prescriptive and excessive.

Labour’s Damien O’Connor agreed the bill has been through a lengthy gestation, but the law was vital to New Zealand’s food production which drove the economy. A risk based system could work, but it was vital it was properly regulated and monitored.

MPs began the third reading of the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill divided into two bills – the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Bill and the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Amendment Bill

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