Legislation for seafood processing
Find seafood food safety legislation, including specifications, notices, and standards.
Specifications and notices
Bivalve molluscan shellfish
If you are involved with bivalve molluscan shellfish on marine or land-based farms or in the wild and subject to a regulated control scheme use the:
Products intended for human consumption
This notice applies to:
- operators who process animal material and animal product for human consumption under risk management programmes
- suppliers of animal material to those operators.
Fish product for export
This notice specifies the requirements that apply to all:
- fish product intended for export with an official assurance
- processors of fish product for export with an official assurance.
Recognised agencies and persons
This notice specifies the requirements that apply to recognised agencies and persons responsible for providing:
- other services to animal product businesses regulated under the Act (except for dairy processors).
Limited processing fishing vessels
If you operate a limited processing fishing vessel and export seafood directly from your vessel use:
Contaminant specifications and exemptions
Find contaminant specifications for animal material and animal products intended for human consumption:
Animal Products Notice: Contaminant Specifications [PDF, 864 KB]
Find exemptions from specified animal material and products from the "Animal Products Notice: Contaminant Specifications" for specified levels of contaminants for export to countries:
Contaminant monitoring and surveillance
Contaminant sampling regimes, and competent person and laboratory requirements, for MPI's National Chemical Residues Programme are in the:
Fees are payable by the non-dairy animal product industry for use of MPI's E-cert system. The fees are based on the formula prescribed under the Animal Products (Fees, Charges and Levies) Regulations 2007 and are in the:
Labelling requirements and names of fish
This document lists common, te reo Māori, and scientific names of fish and seafood. These names are used on labels for food for human consumption:
New Zealand list of scientific names of fish [PDF, 205 KB]
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Who to contact
If you have questions about legislation for seafood processing, email email@example.com