Proposed changes to the IHS for Processed Tilapia and Catfish for Human Consumption from Specified Countries

Closing Date:
Contact: Animal Imports Team

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites feedback on a proposed amendment to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for Processed Tilapia and Catfish for Human Consumption from Specified Countries. 

The current import health standard only allows import of pangasid catfish products for human consumption from Malaysia and Vietnam. The proposed amendment is to allow imports from Thailand as well.

Consultation documents

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Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft documents by 5pm on 17 August 2018.

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

Email your submission to animal.imports@mpi.govt.nz

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Animal Imports Team
Animal Health and Welfare Directorate
Regulation and Assurance Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before we issue an amended IHS. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we have considered all submissions we'll publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give submitters a chance to examine the changes. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested in this period, if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

The provisional IHS will be published on this consultation page and other relevant pages on this website.

Submissions are public information

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 have to make submissions available unless we have good reasons for withholding them.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.
Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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