Food storage operations and food safety

The requirements your storage operation needs to meet depend on the products being stored and whether they'll be sold in New Zealand or exported overseas.

Storage in cold and dry stores

Cold (or cool) and dry stores are standalone operations used to store products for human and animal consumption. These products may be consumer-ready or need 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 products being stored and whether the products will be:

If you temporarily 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:

Storing products for sale in New Zealand

Animal products for human consumption

If you store animal products (including dairy) being sold for human consumption in New Zealand, you must comply with either the:

Non-animal products for human consumption

If you store non-animal products for human consumption in New Zealand, you must comply with the Food Act.

Any products for animal consumption

If you're storing any products for animal consumption within New Zealand, refer to:

Storing products for export

Requirements depend on what you're storing and the destination market.

Guidance and resources for cold and dry stores

Codes of practice (COPs), forms, pamphlets, guidelines and notices relating to cold and dry stores are available on our cold and dry stores documents web page.

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