From 1 July 2018, prison kitchens are required to lodge a detailed Food Control Plan with their local Council . Copies can be obtained from the Councils under the Local Government Official Information & Meetings Act.
The standards now expected of prison kitchens don’t differ materially from those in restaurants and other institutions.
Rats, fly and solmonella contamination should be a thing of the past .
Complaints can be made to the Councils’ Food Safety Officers . Inmates complaining of food contamination should not be transferred to other prisons with a proper reason until they are interviewed by the Food Safety Officer.
Daniel, the lunch hygiene complainant, was transferred to Siberia ( Tongariro ) Prison at 8am this morning . They probably think that’s the end of his complaint , but I am taking it up . I’m seeking a copy of the Waikeria kitchen’s Food Control Plan & I will ask for a Council inspection.
I’m determined to ensure all prison kitchens are safe for their 10,000 inmate “clients”, but also for the many officers, officials and outside gatherings that are occasionally served food prepared in the kitchens.
The Food Act 2014 is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries . CEO from next Thursday is our old friend from Corrections – Ray Smith . Ray may hear from me in his new role as well….
Arthur Taylor is TDB’s Prisoner Rights Blogger still inside prison.