Introduction to food safety for storage, transport, and wharves

Get an overview of the requirements for food products for human and animal consumption for cold and dry stores, and transporting or handling them at wharves.

Requirements for storage, transport and wharves

If you store, transport, or handle food products at wharves you need to meet certain requirements. These depend on the product, where it's going to be sold, and what you're doing with it. Find information for:

Our legislation roadmap has details of legislation, notices and guidance for storage, transport, and wharves.

Cold and dry store requirements

Cold (or cool) and dry stores are standalone operations used to store products for human and animal consumption before being sold in New Zealand or exported overseas. Stored products may be consumer-ready or require further processing. An operation where freezing, chilling or storage is just one of your processing steps, is not a standalone cold or dry store.

The requirements cold and dry stores need to meet depend on:

  • the type of products you store
  • whether they are sold in New Zealand or exported overseas.

If you hold meat, game or seafood

If you temporarily hold meat or seafood material prior to transfer to a primary processor for human food processing, you may need to meet requirements for:

Transport operator requirements

Transport operators must meet requirements under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 or the Food Act 2014. The requirements you need to meet depend on whether the products you transport are intended for export or for the domestic market.

Wharf operator requirements

Wharf operators must meet requirements under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 or the Food Act. The requirements you meet depend on whether the food products you handle are intended for export or for the domestic market.

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