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 meat (including beef, lamb, and game) and meat products are correctly labelled, safe to eat, and free from pests and harmful organisms.
'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.
It is your responsibility as an importer to ensure all legal requirements are met. Food importers should regularly check notices issued for food recalled overseas, and developing risks.
Importers must also meet other New Zealand food standards, including the Importing Food Notice.
- Browse legislation
- Refer to the Australia NZ Food Standards Code website
- Browse other requirements, legal notices, and standards related to importing meat products
Who to contact
If you have questions about:
- biosecurity requirements or meeting import health standards, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- food safety requirements, email email@example.com
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