Redesign of animal products and wine regulations

We want to make our food safety regulations and legal notices clearer and easier to understand. Find out what's happening.

Aims of the redesign

The redesign of the animal products and wine regulations aims to:

  • make legislative requirements easier to access and understand
  • ensure our trading partners better understand our requirements, which will help MPI provide assurances.

This regulatory redesign focuses on making the existing rules less complex, easier to understand, and more accessible. We'll be simplifying and consolidating 12,000 pages of animal product and wine regulations, including notices and supporting guidance documents. The project will not be making changes to the underlying policy.

Existing notice requirements are changed from time to time to fit the operating environment. In the redesign, notices will become more focused on industry-specific details and technical requirements.

The external reference group

Throughout 2020 and 2021, MPI is organising external reference group workshops with the animal products and wine sectors. The group brings together industry leaders and experts to help review and refine redesigned draft regulations and notices.

Later, we'll run a consultation process to give the public a chance to have their say. This will help to ensure the redesigned regulations are fit for purpose.

Animal products regulations

Previous workshops

Workshops have been held with various animal product sectors in 2020. The workshops were on the following parts in the draft redesigned animal product regulations:

  • recognised agencies and persons
  • verification
  • good operating practices
    • cleaning and maintenance, maintenance compounds, waste management, and pest control
    • materials and products
    • protection during processing and preparation
    • premises, facilities, equipment, and essential services
  • registration and listing
  • competency, checks, corrective action, reporting, and record-keeping
  • supply, animal material depots, and transport
  • risk management programmes and evaluation
  • monitoring and surveillance/control of specific substances in food producing animals
  • who needs to be registered or listed.

Next steps

Workshops to review the full set of draft redesigned animal products regulations and notices will take place in 2021. Details will be sent directly to participants.

Wine regulations

Work on redesigning wine regulations is underway. Like the animal product sector workshops, we are presenting and reviewing them with the external reference group. 

Previous workshop

The 16 November 2020 workshop looked at:

  • recognised agencies and persons
  • good operating practices for wine processing
  • labelling.

Next workshop

The next workshop is on 11 December 2020. Details will be sent directly to participants.

Workshops to review the full set of draft redesigned wine regulations and notices will take place in 2021.

Upcoming workshop topics

  • Wine standards management plan (WSMP) requirements
  • Evaluation
  • Verification
  • Export eligibility requirements

Why we're redesigning the rules

The 2013 government inquiry into the whey protein concentrate contamination incident found food safety regulatory requirements fundamentally sound but repetitive, complex, and inaccessible.

Subsequently, the Food Safety Law Reform Act 2018 was passed.

Food Safety Law Reform Act 2018 – NZ Legislation

The Food Safety Law Reform Act 2018 requires MPI to complete a legislative redesign of regulations and notices under the:

This must be completed by March 2022.

Find out more

Whey protein concentrate contamination incident

The Food Safety Law Reform Act 2018 – NZ Legislation

Cabinet paper approving the redesign work [PDF, 658 KB]

Download the overall regulation redesign timeline [PDF, 105 KB]

Contact us

If you want to find out more, email us at FPRedesign@mpi.govt.nz

You can also subscribe to our emailing list for updates – follow the instructions, and under "Email update topics" select "Regulation Redesign".

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Work to strengthen food recalls and risk-based plans and programmes

There is also work underway to implement the lessons learned from the whey protein concentrate contamination incident, which complements this regulatory redesign work.

Work to strengthen food recalls and risk-based plans and programmes

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