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Cost recovery proposal to maintain and expand New Zealand Food Safety’s core regulatory services under the Food Act 2014

Have your say

This consultation is about a proposal to maintain and expand New Zealand Food Safety's services under the Food Act 2014 which provide education, oversight, rules, and monitoring services. We are also seeking views on whether these services should be cost recovered from the industries that benefit from them.

We want your feedback on:

  • the proposals to expand some services that are required to support a robust food safety system
  • 2 levies that will be used to fund the proposed services.

A summary of the cost recovery proposals is on this page. Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation opened on 2 February and closes on 15 March 2024.

Consultation document

Proposal to maintain and expand New Zealand Food Safety’s core regulatory services under the Food Act 2014 [PDF, 4.5 MB]

Summary of cost recovery proposals for the expanded services

  Domestic food business levy
(from the 2025/26 financial year)
Food importer levy
(from the 2024/25 financial year)
 Rate 2025: $57.50 per site
2026: $86.25
2027: $115
A flat fee of $67.50 for importing between 0 (zero) and 49,999kg of food; thereafter $0.57 per tonne of imported food
 Number of affected businesses 35,300 businesses registered under the Food Act 3,774 registered businesses
 Annual revenue +$5.6 million (by 2027) +$1.5 million

Making your submission

To help you with your review and feedback, we have put together the consultation questions in a submission form. However, these questions should not be considered a limitation on what parts of the proposal you comment on in your submission. You also only need to provide comment on the questions relevant to you.

You can make a submission by:

  • completing our online survey
  • completing a submission form and sending it to us by email
  • writing a submission and emailing or posting it to us.

Submissions must be received by 5pm on 15 March 2024.

Online survey

Submission form

Download the form and add in your comments.

Attach your completed form to an email and send it to

Submission form [DOCX, 90 KB]

Written submission

Download, print, and complete the submission form. If you run out of space, attach extra paper.

When you make your submission, include:

  • the title of this consultation (Proposal to maintain and expand New Zealand Food Safety’s core regulatory services under the Food Act 2014).
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if applicable) and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address, email).

Post it to:

Cost Recovery Directorate – Corporate Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Alternatively, you could scan your written submission, attach the file to an email and send it to

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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