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Six proposed stand-alone animal products notices

Background to this consultation

New Zealand Food Safety is seeking your feedback on a group of 6 stand-alone animal products notices. These proposed notices have been updated and aligned as a part of the regulatory redesign project. Note that on 21 October, consultation will open on a further 2 stand-alone animal products notices.

Find out about the regulatory redesign project

The stand-alone notices sit alongside the main draft consolidated New Zealand Animal Products Standards Notice. That Notice combines 11 previously separate notices and was publicly consulted on from 29 July to 13 of September 2021.

Consultation on the consolidated NZ Animal Products Standards Notice

These stand-alone notices will remain separate to the consolidated Notice, as they deal with discrete matters that do not fit well with the general regulatory scheme. They replace notices that will expire in July 2022.

These proposed notices are sector-specific and apply to regulated parties under the Animal Products Act 1999, including risk management programme (RMP) operators.

These notices may also apply to other specified persons who supply and process animal products under the Animal Products Act 1999, including people involved in the following sectors – dairy, fish, meat, pet food and feeds, poultry, egg, verification, evaluation, and mixed-food sectors, as well as accreditation bodies.

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety is seeking feedback on the proposed 6 stand-alone notices.

This consultation gives you a chance to comment on the design and content of the revised notices. Your submission will help us to assess whether these notices are fit for purpose.

We want to ensure that:

  • we have not inadvertently changed existing requirements
  • the revised notice reflects current requirements
  • the requirements are easier to find, access, understand, and practical to use
  • the requirements clarify existing requirements where appropriate
  • the notices will meet the regulatory redesign objectives.

Consultation documents

The proposed updated and aligned draft stand-alone animal products notices are:

Recognised Laboratories [PDF, 309 KB]

Disposal of Non-conforming Dairy Material or Dairy Product [PDF, 382 KB]

Raw Milk Products [PDF, 333 KB]

Raw Milk for Sale to Consumers (Regulated Control Scheme) [PDF, 941 KB]

Official Assessors: Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Inspectors [PDF, 202 KB]

Homekill and Recreational Catch Service Provider Records [PDF, 213 KB]

Summary of changes and discussion document

We have put together a document to summarise the process taken and the changes made to these notices.

Stand-alone notice discussion paper [PDF, 490 KB]

Further consultation on 2 more stand-alone notices

On 21 October, another consultation will open on 2 more proposed animal products notices. That consultation will close on 18 November 2021.

  1. Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children.
  2. Limited Processing Fishing Vessels.

Making your submission

Submissions close at 5pm on Thursday 11 November 2021.

To help make your submission, use our feedback form [DOCX, 65 KB]

If you are commenting on more than one notice, use a separate feedback form for each one.

Email your submission to

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

New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the name of the consultation documents you are submitting on
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

After the consultation closes

Submissions will be analysed to consider any changes needed to the proposed stand-alone notices. New Zealand Food Safety (part of the Ministry for Primary Industries) will publish a summary of submissions on this website.

The new legislative framework will likely require businesses operating under the Animal Products Act 1999 to update their documents and systems. We are working to ensure arrangements are in place to support businesses with these changes.

The regulatory redesign project

Through regulatory redesign, New Zealand Food Safety and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) aim 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. This is done by:

  • removing repetition, enhancing accessibility, and making the language clearer
  • 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, petfood, red meat, and their accreditation bodies.

Find out more about the regulatory redesign project

Consultation on the regulatory redesign of animal products and wine regulations

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.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation