Have your say
From 20 November 2023 to 19 January 2024 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the import health standard for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing.
The proposed change to the import health standard is removing phytosanitary measures for 3 fungal pathogens for the importation of hulled hemp seeds. Our assessment has concluded that these pathogens are not associated with hulled hemp seeds and are therefore not a risk on the pathway.
Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document.
Making your submission
Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 19 January 2024 to PlantImports@mpi.govt.nz
Make sure you include in your submission:
- the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
- your name and title (if applicable)
- your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
- your contact details (for example, phone number, address, and email).
While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:
Plant Product Imports
Animal and Plant Health Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended import health standard (IHS) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.
After we have considered all submissions, there is a 10-day period which provides submitters with the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS which have resulted from consultation. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested in this period if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.