Introduction to managing food safety risk in seafood
If you process or sell fish and seafood in New Zealand, you must manage food safety. Find out what you need to do.
Your risk management requirements if you work with seafood
The requirements for seafood processing come from the:
If the information on this page indicates that you might need to operate under the Food Act 2014, we recommend that you use the "My Food Rules" tool. It can help you to find out your requirements under the Food Act 2014.
Find the requirements for your business activity
Use this page to find the legal requirements for your specific business activity. Check the requirements if you:
- process seafood for wholesale
- sell fish as a retail fishmonger
- sell (retail) fish that someone else processed
- transport fish for the domestic market (including from a fishing boat to a processing plant)
Check whether you have any other requirements
Make sure you also find out about:
If you haven't already, we suggest you check the introduction page for seafood processing:
Processing seafood for wholesale
If you operate under the Animal Products Act, you'll probably need a risk management plan.
If you operate under the Food Act, you'll probably need a custom food control plan.
If you're creating a custom food control plan, this page has resources to help you:
Selling fish as a retail fishmonger
If you do this, you might need to operate under a template food control plan (FCP), registered under the Food Act 2014.
Selling (retailing) fish that someone else processed
If you do this, you might need to follow a national programme, registered under the Food Act 2014.
Transporting fish for the domestic market
This includes transporting fish from a fishing boat to a processing plant. If you do this, you might also need to follow a national programme, registered under the Food Act 2014.
Primary processor of seafood
If you're a primary processor of seafood, you'll most likely need to operate under a risk management programme (RMP). This is a requirement of the Animal Products Act 1999.
This section has general information about RMPs:
Regulated control schemes
A regulated control scheme (RCS) is imposed by the Government to manage food-related risks. This is done through MPI and in consultation with industry.
If you operate a limited processing fishing vessel (LPFV) in New Zealand you need to:
- understand the processing restrictions
- meet the LPFV Regulated Control Scheme requirements
- register your vessel.
If you grow, harvest, process, store, or transport bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) for human consumption, the Animal Products Act 1999 and BMS Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) apply.
Find out more
Who to contact
If you have questions about managing risk in seafood processing, email firstname.lastname@example.org