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MPI recognised auditors/verifiers for the food industry since 2002, providing Custom and Template Food Control Plan (FCP),  National Programme (NP) verification audits, and Custom Food Control Plan evaluations.

For information on evaluation of Custom Food Control Plans read about our services HERE

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For an obligation free discussion on your food safety needs, CONTACT US today. 

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 2014, Karen Whittington in 2015, and Alicia Pratt in 2017.  Most recently, in 2023 Lai-Peng Chiew joined the team.  Collectively we draw on over 125 years of combined experience in the food industry to provide professional and sound audit outcomes.


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

Assured Audits NZ Ltd

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) 

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 conduct 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

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