Composition requirements for kava sold in New Zealand
Permitted kava products for sale in New Zealand are:
- dried or raw kava root
- a beverage obtained by the aqueous suspension of kava root using cold water only, and not using any organic solvent.
The use of processing aids and food additives are not permitted in the production of kava for sale.
Labelling requirements for kava sold in New Zealand
As well as following general food labelling requirements, there are some additional rules for kava.
If sold in a package, the label must contain 2 warning statements:
- 'Use in moderation'
- 'May cause drowsiness'.
If sold without a package, you still need to provide the 2 warning statements, and the name and address of the supplier. You can do this either:
- by displaying it on signs with the kava, or
- by providing it in printed information that will go with the kava when it is sold.
General food labelling requirements
If you wish to import kava for sale in New Zealand, you need to register as a food importer and follow New Zealand's food importing rules.
Decision made about kava Standard in April 2023
New Zealand did not adopt amendments to the kava Standard in the joint Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code into New Zealand law. The kava Standard that existed before March 2022 remains in effect in New Zealand and can be found in the New Zealand Gazette.