Steps to a template food control plan

Most food service businesses and food retailers can use a template food control plan to meet the requirements of the Food Act. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

What is a template food control plan?

A food control plan (FCP) is a comprehensive plan for managing food safety. MPI has developed templates to make creating your plan easier.

Two templates are available. Choose the one that you think will work best in your business.

Check a template FCP is right for you 

Template FCPs are suitable for:

  • food retail businesses that prepare or make and sell food – such as a butcher, a fishmonger, a retail bakery, a delicatessen or supermarket
  • food service businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways or on- or off-site caterers. The template may also be used by operators of residential care facilities.

Get your plan ready in time

From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must register their plans under the Food Act 2014 before they open.

If you're an existing business, see the transition timetable for when you need to register a food control plan.

Who to contact

If you have questions about food control plans, email

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