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 – 16 January 2020

Extension to second consultation on the new IHS format

MPI is currently undertaking a second consultation on the new IHS format. This consultation began on 26 November 2019 and was originally set to close on 17 January 2020. MPI has extended this consultation which will now close at 5pm on 27 February 2020.

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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