Food standards

New Zealand has joint food standards for labelling and composition with Australia. We also have some food standards that are specific to New Zealand.

Joint Australia NZ Food Standards adopted

In 2002, New Zealand adopted the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, and all its amendments, as joint food standards (except for the Australia-specific chapters and standards).

The 2002 Standard which adopted the Code has now been superseded by the Adoption of the Joint Food Standards under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code Notice. The Notice took effect from 26 February 2018.

Updates to food standards

The Notice adopts the standards up to and including amendment number 176 (excluding amendment 169). You can find these amendments to the Food Standards Code on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website.

As further amendments to the Food Standards Code are made we'll update New Zealand's adoption of the standards through Notice amendments.

Food Standards 2002 no longer apply

The New Zealand (Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code) Food Standards 2002, which originally adopted the Code into New Zealand law, no longer apply. These revoked Standards and their amendments are still available to download for your reference.

New Zealand-specific standards

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Food (Revocation of Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds, Importer Listing, Importer General Requirements, Prescribed Foods, and Imported Milk and Milk Products Standards) Standard 2016
Food (Uncooked Comminuted Fermented Meat) Standard 2008
New Zealand (Bee Product Warning Statements - Dietary Supplements) Food Standards 2002
New Zealand Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2016
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