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Importing supplemented foods

All food and food-related products for human consumption that are imported for sale must meet New Zealand standards and requirements. MPI's role is to help make sure imported supplemented foods are correctly labelled, safe to eat, and free from pests and harmful organisms.

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Legal obligations

‘Food’ includes edible products, 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. Supplemented food importers need to meet legal obligations under the:

  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Animal Products Act 1999
  • New Zealand Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2016
  • Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997
  • Food Act 2014 and related legislation
  • Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

It’s your responsibility as an importer to ensure all legal requirements are met. Food importers should regularly check notices about food issues, including food recalls overseas or developing risks.

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

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Who to contact

If you have questions about importing food, email