Dairy manufacturing requirements and legislation

Requirements and legislation for manufacturing or processing dairy products, such as milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream and more. Also useful for those recognised under the Animal Products Act 1999 to give specialist food safety services to the dairy industry.

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:

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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