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Consultation on regulatory redesign of animal products and wine regulations

About the regulatory redesign

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants to make it easier for businesses operating under the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003 to find and comply with their legal requirements – by removing repetition, enhancing accessibility, and making the language clearer.

The redesign of the animal products and wine regulations aims to:

  • make legislative requirements easier to access and understand
  • ensure our trading partners better understand our requirements, which will help MPI provide assurances.

To make these improvements, MPI has worked alongside industry representatives from the dairy, seafood, poultry, pet food, meat, accreditation bodies, and wine sectors.

Find out more about the regulatory redesign project

Have your say

From 25 June until 8 August 2021, we are seeking your feedback on the redesigned draft:

  • animal products regulations
  • wine regulations.

The proposal is that overall food safety requirements will not change, but the way these are presented will look different.

These updates meet the requirements of both the:

  • recommendations made by the Whey Protein Concentrate Inquiry 2014
  • obligations set out in the Food Safety Law Reform Act 2018.

Full details, along with questions for you to consider, are in the consultation document.

Consultation documents

Regulatory redesign of the animal products and wine regulations [PDF, 726 KB]

Draft Animal product regulations [PDF, 481 KB]

Draft Wine regulations [PDF, 288 KB]

Making your submission

Submissions close on 8 August 2021.

To help make your submission, use one or both feedback forms.

Feedback form – animal products [DOCX, 60 KB]

Feedback form – wine [DOCX, 58 KB]

Email your submissions to

After the consultation closes

Submissions will be analysed to consider any changes needed to the regulations. MPI will publish a summary of submissions on this website.

When the redesigned draft regulations are ready, they will be put forward to the New Zealand Government Cabinet for final approval.

The redesigned draft regulations (and notices) will likely require businesses operating under the Animal Products Act 1999 and Wine Act 2003 to update their documents and systems. We are working to ensure arrangements are in place to support businesses with these changes.

Submissions are public information

Submissions made in consultations become public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make a submission available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in any submissions you have made. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive, or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.