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Importing fresh fruit and vegetables

All food and food-related products imported for personal use or sale must meet New Zealand standards and requirements. MPI's role is to help make sure imported fresh fruit, fungi, herbs, and vegetables are correctly labelled, safe to eat, and free from pests and harmful organisms.


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UPDATE – 19 March 2020

Second consultation on the new IHS format has now closed

The second consultation on the new format for import health standards for fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption (that is, commodity import health standards) took place from 26 November 2019 to 27 February 2020. This has now closed. MPI is reviewing the submissions from this consultation, and further updates will be provided soon.

If you have questions about the consultation, email

Importer responsibilities

'Food' includes ingredients and anything to be mixed or added to food. No food can be sold if it is unsafe, unfit for human consumption, or contaminated. Food importers have legal obligations under the:

  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Food Act 2014 and related legislation
  • Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • other legislation made under the Food Act.

Importers must also meet other New Zealand food standards, including the Importing Food Notice.

Who to contact

If you have a question, email