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From our customers

"Shane, Helen and the team at Assured Audits have been looking after us for many years, from the early days in auditing our Food Safety Program to what is now our very comprehensive and robust Food Control Plan. With each verification audit, we always value the oversight, tips, advice and knowledge that they impart to improve what we do from a food safety and compliance point of view, while at the same time streamlining our record keeping where we can. The pre, during and post audit period is always well run and efficient. And at times we contact the team outside of audit period to seek second opinions around food safety/compliance issues and have always found them to be very approachable and forth coming with helpful information. Thanks to all the team at Assured Audits."

Peter Pattullo
The Smokehouse Ltd


"Assured Audits has been auditing us for many years, they are very professional and extremely knowledgeable. Their audits not just checked our premises but also is a good coaching session for my team." 

Volker Marecek
Cordis Auckland Hotel


"From the very start of our business Shane and his proficient team at Assured Audits have been instrumental in guiding and assessing us successfully through the complicated in's and out's of the national regulatory requirements.
We appreciate Shane's calm and professional manner, accompanied with his sound understanding and practical experience around food safety and all the current regulations."

Brad Gwynne
Daily Organics Ltd


"Alicia was a pleasure to work with - practical and constructive."

Gretchen Goldwater
Waiheke Olive Oil Company Ltd


MPI recognised auditors/verifiers for the food industry since 2002

Custom and Template Food Control Plan (FCP) and National Programme (NP) verification audits

Custom Food Control Plan evaluations

For information on evaluation of Custom Food Control Plans please click here to read about our services.


Assured Audits NZ Ltd - who are we?

We're a proudly Kiwi owned food industry focused audit company.

We work throughout New Zealand, bringing strong technical and practical expertise to food safety management programme (Food Control Plan (FCP) and National Programme (NP)) evaluations and verifications.

Shane Hopgood owns the business and is the principal Food Act verifier/auditor and evaluator.  Helen McDonald has been involved in the business since its inception, and was previously a co-managing director. In addition we appointed Gavin Jacobson to our audit team in late 2014, Karen Whittington in late 2015, and Alicia Pratt in mid 2017.  Collectively we draw on over 100 years of combined experience in the food industry to provide professional and sound audit outcomes.

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Understanding your business - valuing long term partnerships

Operating a small business ourselves, we understand what it means to provide a quality, efficient and personal service.

When you work with us, you can expect a seamless evaluation/verification process.  This starts with your initial enquiry, obtaining Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) or local Council registration, through to completing your verification audit to demonstrate you are meeting the objectives of your Food Control Plan/National Programme.

You will generally deal with the same person from the moment you decide to nominate us as your regulatory evaluators/verifiers.  That's because we believe in forming strong relationships, and want to partner with you over the long term.

IANZ and ISO 17020 Accredited/ MPI recognised

To assure you of our competence and professional standing, we undergo independent annual assessments of our food safety management programme auditing systems, quality systems, and verifiers/auditors.

These assessments are conducted by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).  For more information, see  www.ianz.govt.nz

We hold ISO 17020 accreditation as an Inspection Body, together with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recognition as Food Control Plan and National Programme verification auditors and evaluators.


We are food safety verification audits (and evaluations where applicable) in the following industry sectors:

  • General Manufacture of Food - everything from confectionery to kombucha, beer to biltong
  • Manufacture of Cook Chill Food
  • Manufacture of High Risk Food e.g. Ready to heat/eat meals and snacks, ready to eat meats, nut milks, salads, vegetable proteins
  • Manufacture of Frozen Food
  • Transport and Storage of Food
  • Catering and Foodservice 
  • Retail Sale of Food
  • Primary and Secondary Processing of Produce
  • Dairy manufacturing and packing (excluding the manufacture of raw milk products) for sale on the domestic market
  • All other food sectors with the exception of canning and aseptic processing/packing

Our Certificate of Accreditation sets out full details of our ISO 17020 accreditation.

Our MPI FCP/NP Verification Auditor and Evaluator recognition details can be viewed at this MPI website page