New Zealand Food Safety Strategy

The New Zealand Food Safety Strategy outlines how we will maintain a food safety system that can be trusted by everyone, everywhere. Find out how the strategy will effectively manage risks while delivering for consumers and food businesses.

Our food safety vision

New Zealand food: Trusted and recognised by everyone, everywhere.

Whakatauki (proverb)

Ko tāu rourou, ko tāku rourou, ka ora ait e iwi.

By sharing your food basket with my food basket the people will thrive.

Our food safety priorities

We will ensure New Zealand's world class food safety system remains robust.

We will proactively support consumers to make informed food choices.

We will actively contribute to new thinking in international forums.

We will work in genuine partnership with Māori.

We will be innovating and forward-looking in meeting new challenges.


New Zealand Food Safety outcomes diagram

The outcomes New Zealand Food Safety is working towards.

Download a PDF version of this diagram [PDF, 1.3 MB]

What did people say about the strategy?

In September 2019, we asked for the public's input on our draft strategy. We held public meetings and hui and invited submissions. A total of 307 unique submissions were received.

Consumers showed a strong interest, contributing 62% of the responses. Another 18% of submissions were received from businesses, 11% from organisations and other groups, and 9% from internal staff.

There was significant support for our proposed priorities. The submissions broadly agreed that the drivers of change identified in the draft strategy are the key problems or opportunities impacting the food system.

Food safety action plan

The action plan supporting this strategy will enable New Zealand Food Safety/Haumaru Kai Aotearoa to help ensure food imported, produced domestically, or exported from New Zealand is trusted and recognised – by everyone, everywhere. We will actively monitor and review progress year-by-year.

Our strategy documents

New Zealand Food Safety Strategy [PDF, 8.5 MB]

New Zealand Food Safety Action Plan [PDF, 1.3 MB]

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