The first territorial authority in New Zealand will be accredited under ISO 17020 international standard for inspection bodies.

Auckland Council has gained an international accreditation for food safety verification which will allow it to provide quality ongoing services for food business operating in the region.

“The accreditation assures our customers that council verifiers are competent, and we use effective systems and procedures to produce consistently reliable results,” Licensing and Regulatory Compliance Principal Specialist Sharmila Narayan said.

Foodco New Zealand General Manager Jon Hassall acknowledged the credential. “It’s a great achievement”. He added that Auckland Council had assisted franchisees in store for Foodco’s brands, Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue and supported the Foodco office with an internal document based on expertise in food safety legislation and conducting verifications.

“Our Auckland community can be confident that the food standard rating is a bona fide qualification that they can trust,” said Chair of the Regulatory Committee Councillor Linda Cooper.