[14 May/Radio NZ]

Artisan cheese makers welcomed a new government plan to relax unnecessary red tape. Some cheesemakers complained it cost more to meet Ministry for Primary Industries compliance than their entire tax bill. Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor, launched a new template to help producers meet food safety requirements. Mr O’Connor said cheese producers were required under the Food Act and the Animal Products Act to have a written plan to manage food safety risks on a day to day basis. This became costly for cheesemakers. A cheesemaker noted that the changes would be tremendous for small scale cheesemakers.