Bylaws are rules made by local councils which affect the way we live, work and play. They are there to make our district a safe and healthy place. They can protect the public from nuisance; protect, promote and maintain public health and safety; and minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places. We develop them in consultation with our communities.
Our Bylaws are only applicable to the Hauraki District. They can be enforced by the Council or other nominated agencies, such as the New Zealand Police.
Our food grading bylaw is to protect and promote public health by requiring food businesses registered with us that operate subject to a Food Control Plan to display a food grading certificate for public information. It contains our criteria for grading food businesses.
A+ graded businesses provide an excellent level of confidence that they manage a food control plan, practise excellent food safety, and consistently produce safe and suitable food.
A gradedbusinesses provide a high level of confidence that they manage a food control plan, their practices are good, and they produce safe and suitable food. There may be areas for improvement that do not directly impact food safety, usually around documentation and procedures.
B graded businesses provide a satisfactory level of confidence that they produce safe food. There may be multiple areas for improvement that do not directly impact food safety in the immediate future, particularly around their observed practices. There is potential that food safety could be threatened in the future if improvements to processes and documentation are not resolved.
D graded businesses have been identified as having issues that are likely to result in food being unsafe or unsuitable, and action has been taken as a response. A Food Safety Officer has issued an improvement notice.
E graded businesses have had a critical issue relating to food safety, and have (or are in the process of) being closed by a Food Safety Officer as a result.