Redesign of animal products and wine regulations and notices

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

UPDATE – 29 JULY 2021

Consultation on proposed Animal Products Notice is open – have your say

From 29 July to 13 September 2021, we are seeking your feedback on the proposed Animal Products Notice: New Zealand Animal Products Standards.

UPDATE – 25 JUNE 2021

Consultation on the Regulations is open – have your say

From 25 June until 8 August 2021, we are seeking your feedback on the redesigned draft animal products and wine regulations.

Aims of the regulations 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 are simplifying and consolidating 1,300 pages of animal product and wine regulations, including notices and supporting guidance documents. The project will not be making changes to the underlying policy. However, some minor technical changes may be required for the redesign to work.

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 reviewed drafts

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

The external reference group workshops are now finished.

Consultation has begun

The draft regulations are open for consultation until 8 August 2021. This is a chance for you to have your say to help ensure the redesigned regulations are fit for purpose.

Find out about the consultation and how to make a submission

Review of animal products regulations

Workshops have been held with various animal product sectors in 2020 and 2021. The workshops reviewed the following topics in the draft redesigned animal product regulations:

  • definitions and structure of regulations
  • recognised agencies and persons
  • risk management programme and operator requirements
  • evaluation and verification
  • good operating practices such as cleaning and maintenance and protection during processing
  • registration and listing framework
  • general requirements such as competency, checks, and corrective action
  • suppliers, animal material depots, and other non-risk management programme operators
  • monitoring and surveillance regulated control scheme
  • requirements for who needs to be registered or listed, or is exempt. 

Review of wine regulations

Workshops were held with the wine sector in 2020 and 2021. The workshops reviewed the following topics in the draft redesigned wine regulations:

  • definitions and structure of regulations
  • recognised agencies and persons
  • safety standards for wine and commodities
  • good operating practices for wine processing
  • labelling for grape wine
  • wine standards management plan and operator requirements
  • evaluation and verification
  • export eligibility requirements for New Zealand grape wine.

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

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

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

Overall regulation redesign timeline [PDF, 105 KB]

Contact us

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

You can also subscribe to our emailing list for updates. Choose 'regulation redesign' under the 'email update topics' list.

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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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