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Proposed updates to the Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products

Why we are updating the code

We want your feedback about proposed changes to the Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products.

The code is being updated to:

  • reflect the regulatory changes that were made to the legislation under the Animal Products Act 1999 that came into effect on 1 July 2022
  • include minor technical changes to procedures
  • update links and remove outdated information.

In particular, the updates have been made to the code to reflect the:

Consultation document

In the draft operational code, most of the proposed changes have been identified in red text. Some of the legislation that has now expired has been deleted completely to assist with readability. If you would like to see all deleted legislation, refer to the relevant section of the current operational code [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Draft Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products [PDF, 3.9 MB] 

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft code by 5pm on 17 February 2023 to

We encourage you to use the submission template [DOCX, 65 KB]

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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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