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.


Import health standards are changing

UPDATE – 30 July 2019

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has completed an administrative review of Import Health Standards (IHSs) for fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption. This includes IHS 152.02 Importation and Clearance of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables into New Zealand and 99 country:commodity IHSs.

Public consultation – Have your say

As a result, MPI has transferred import requirements in existing country:commodity IHSs into a new format (commodity IHSs). From 30 July to 19 August 2019, MPI will be running a public engagement. This will be to seek feedback on the format change (from 'country:commodity' IHS to 'commodity' IHS). We encourage anyone interested in importing fresh fruit and vegetables to:

  • read the risk management proposal which outlines the purpose and scope of this engagement
  • consider the readability of the new IHS format and the accompanying Guidance Document: Import of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Human Consumption, and
  • submit feedback.
Visit the consultation page for full details on the proposed format changes and links to new format IHSs, risk management proposal, and the draft guidance document.

After the public engagement

At the end of the engagement period, we'll review all submissions received. We intend to issue the 121 commodity IHSs in late September 2019. We'll also revoke IHS 152.02: Importation and Clearance of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Human Consumption and 99 individual country:commodity IHSs.

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

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