Proposed Animal Products Operational Code: Verification Statement

Closing Date:
Contact: Animal products team

UPDATE – 27 November 2018

New document available

Since the consultation opened, a related document has been added. It's a summary of the current verification frequencies used in the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Food Act 2014.


MPI wants your feedback on the proposed Operational Code: Verification Statement.

The Verification Statement outlines requirements for verifications of domestic animal material and product businesses. The proposed Verification Statement updates the 2005 Verification Statement of Policy and includes requirements for dairy. 

Consultation is open from 16 November to 20 December 2018.

Consultation documents

Related document

Have your say

MPI invites you to comment on the proposed Verification Statement by 5pm Thursday 20 December 2018.

Email your submission to

We encourage you to use the submission template. This will help you complete your submission.

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Animal Products Operational Code: Verification Statement 
Food Regulation
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include in your submission 

Make sure you include:

  • your name and title
  • your company's name, if applicable
  • your address and contact details (phone, fax, and email)
  • the section title or clause your comments refer to, if applicable
  • comments describing the issue with the clause
  • the proposed amendment (optional).

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless there is a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission (such as commercial sensitivity or personal information). MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision MPI makes to withhold information can, however, be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. Unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission, MPI will consider that you have consented to its publication.

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