All food and food-related products for human consumption that are imported for sale must meet New Zealand standards and requirements. MPI helps to make sure imported eggs and egg products are correctly labelled, safe to eat, and free from pests and harmful organisms.
Avian influenza outbreaks
Important information was issued on 23 Auust 2019 about recent avian influenza outbreaks in some countries.
For more information refer to the Import Health Standard:
- Shelf-stable Spray Dried Egg Powders or Egg Crystals from Specified Countries (Poueggic.spe) [PDF, 372 KB]
- Guidance document for the Import Health Standard for egg products (Eggprods.gen) [PDF, 882 KB]
Food includes ingredients and anything to be mixed or added to food. No food can be sold if it's unsafe, unfit for human consumption, or contaminated. Food importers have legal obligations under the:
- Biosecurity Act 1993
- Animal Products Act 1999
- Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997
- Food Act 2014 and related legislation
- Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Importers must also meet other New Zealand food standards, including the Importing Food Notice.
Who to contact
If you have questions about:
- biosecurity requirements or meeting import health standards, email email@example.com
- food safety requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org