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.


UPDATE – 26 November 2019

Second consultation open on the new IHS format

Between 30 July and 19 August 2019, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consulted on new format import health standards (commodity IHSs) for fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption. MPI has reviewed the submissions from this consultation and met with submitters on 4 September 2019 to discuss the key points raised in their submissions. As a result of this discussion, MPI has revised the wording in the draft commodity IHSs.

Between 26 November 2019 and 17 January 2020, MPI is consulting on the revised wording in the draft commodity IHSs.

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

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