Pursuant to sections 11D and 11M of the Food Act 1981, notice is given that the New Zealand Emergency (Prescribed Food) Food Standard 2003 was issued by the Director-General of Agriculture and Forestry on 24 September 2003.
In respect of those persons who received notice of this emergency food standard, pursuant to section 11M (3) (e) of the Food Act 1981, the standard came into force upon service of the notification.
In all other cases, this emergency food standard will come into force upon notification in the New Zealand Gazette.
The New Zealand Emergency (Prescribed Food) Food Standard 2003 amends the New Zealand (Prescribed Foods) Food Standards 2002 by adding tahini or crushed sesame seeds or any food containing these products (including sesame seed paste, sesame paste, sesame seed butter, hamas tahini, tahina, tahine, halva dessert mix, hummus halawa, halva, helva and babaganoush).
The presence of pathogenic bacteria is the condition to be monitored.
Compliance with the New Zealand Emergency (Prescribed Food) Food Standard 2003 is mandatory.
It will remain in force for a maximum period of six months or, if a permanent amendment to the New Zealand (Prescribed Foods) Food Standards 2002 is required, until that permanent amendment to the standards is introduced (whichever is earlier).
The New Zealand Emergency (Prescribed Food) Food Standard 2003 can be inspected at the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, South Tower, 86 Jervois Quay, Wellington, or may be viewed on the New Zealand Food Safety Authority web site:
Copies of all New Zealand food standards can be purchased from:
? Bennetts, Commerce House, 360 Queen Street, Auckland. Telephone: (09) 377 3496. Facsimile: (09) 377 3497.
? Whitcoulls, Shop 42 Centre Place, P.O. Box 928, Hamilton. Telephone: (07) 839 6305. Facsimile: (07) 834 3520.
? Bennetts on Broadway, P.O. Box 138, Palmerston North. Telephone: (06) 358 3009. Facsimile: (06) 358 2836.
? Bennetts Government Bookshop, P.O. Box 5334, Wellington. Telephone: (04) 499 3433. Facsimile: (04) 499 3375.
? Whitcoulls Cashel Street, Private Bag, Christchurch. Telephone: (03) 379 7142. Facsimile: (03) 377 2529.
? Whitcoulls George Street, P.O. Box 1104, Dunedin. Telephone: (03) 477 8294. Facsimile: (03) 477 7869.
? Any Bennetts bookshop.