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Proposals to strengthen the official assurance framework for dairy material and dairy products

Your views sought

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposes to introduce certain regulatory measures for strengthening the official assurances framework for dairy material and dairy products intended for export to countries for which official assurances are required.

MPI is seeking your views on the proposed regulatory measures, which are explained in the consultation paper and specified in the draft notice.

What's being proposed?

We are proposing to require full electronic traceability for all dairy material and dairy products intended for export to countries for which official assurances are required (that is, traceability through MPI's Animal Products Electronic Certification System). There are a number of other amendments being proposed, which are intended to either provide some flexibility to dairy risk management programme (RMP) operators or to provide clarification and simplicity in a number of areas. The table in section 4 of the consultation paper has a summary of the proposed changes.

Consultation documents

Consultation paper [PDF, 552 KB]
Draft Animal Products Notice: Official Assurances Specifications for Dairy Material and Dairy Products [PDF, 548 KB]

Making a submission

You can have your say by answering the questions in boxes throughout the consultation paper or making comments on any part of the proposals. You may also comment on the draft notice, specifically in relation to the main proposed amendments, which are highlighted in yellow.

MPI prefers to get submissions electronically – email

However, you can also post your submission to:

Dairy Official Assurances Specifications
MPI Food Assurance Team (Level 12, Pastoral House)
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Information to include in your submission

Make sure you include the following information with your submission:

  • the title of the discussion document
  • your name and title (if applicable) 
  • your organisation’s name (if applicable) 
  • your address.

After consultation

A panel of MPI officials will consider all submissions at the end of the consultation period and make a recommendation to the relevant decision maker about the final amendments to be adopted and specified in the notice. A paper outlining the analysis of all submissions received will be made available to all submitters.

Submissions are public information

Submissions are public information and may be subject to requests under the Official Information Act 1982 (the OIA). Under the OIA, everyone has the right to request official information held by government organisations, and such information must be made available to requesters unless there are good or conclusive grounds under the OIA for withholding it.

If you are submitting on this discussion document, you may wish to indicate any grounds for withholding information contained in your submission. MPI will consider such grounds when deciding whether or not to release information.

Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA may be reviewed by the Ombudsman.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about this consultation, email