Dairy manufacturing

Find out about the requirements and legislation that apply if you manufacture dairy products. This information is also useful for recognised agencies and other people and organisations with an interest in dairy manufacturing.


Meeting the requirements for manufacturing

All dairy businesses must meet legal requirements to ensure their dairy products are safe and suitable for human consumption.

New Zealand legislation that sets out the requirements for dairy manufacturers includes:

More information about the requirements is provided in notices and specifications, and approved criteria outlining the technical requirements for inclusion in a risk management programme (RMP).

Refer to MPI's supporting documentation for help to meet the requirements for your dairy manufacturing business:

There are also general requirements your operation may need to meet, including requirements for good operating practice (GOP), hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), Food Control Plans (FCPs) and risk management programmes (RMPs).

Manufacturing dairy products

If you intend to manufacture dairy products, you need to operate under a registered FCP or a registered RMP. 

Find out more about these programmes:

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

Manufacturing for export

If you wish to export dairy products, you need to know about the requirements for exporting dairy products:

Manufacturing raw or unpasteurised milk products

Some unpasteurised milk products can be produced for sale in New Zealand and also imported. MPI has developed a regulatory framework to ensure these products are safe and suitable.

Find out more about the regulatory framework and regulations:

Manufacturing dairy products for animal consumption

If you manufacture dairy products for animal consumption, you need to meet the same requirements as for products for human consumption. There are very few dedicated animal feed processors and so the production standards to follow are similar or the same.

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