Legislation

Browse MPI's food safety legislation related to manufacturing food and beverages. Included are specifications, notices, and standards.

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.

Relevant links

If you're not sure which document you need, it may help to check the food and beverage manufacturing requirements or New Zealand's legal acts, regulations, and orders:

Refer to the NZ Food Standards to find out your legal obligations under the agreement between the governments of New Zealand and Australia concerning a joint Food Standards System:

Specifications and notices

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Published after date must be later than or the same as Published before date.
Published before date must be earlier than or the same as Published after date.
Animal Products Notice: Dairy Recognised Agencies and Persons Specifications
Notice
Wine standards management plan - Code of practice
Codes of practice
Animal Products (Requirements for Risk Management Programme Outlines) Notice 2008
Notice
Animal Products (Risk Management Programme Specifications) Notice 2008
Notice
Animal Products Notice: Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products & Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children
Notice
Approved maintenance compounds notice 2007
Notice
Wine Notice - Exemption from Wine Standards Management Plan
Notice
Approved maintenance compounds manual (Non-dairy)
Guidance
Animal Products Act 1999 Statement of Policy: Operator Responsibilities during Registration of a Risk Management Programme (Version 1)
Guidance
Approval of New Zealand Winegrowers’ Wine Standards Management Plan Code of Practice
Codes of practice
Waiver of the Requirement to Provide an Independent Evaluation Report
Waiver

Standards

Tips - try using:
  • one word for precise results - for example, alligator
  • multiple words for broader results. For example, alligator meat returns documents with either alligator or meat
  • quotation marks to search a specific term - for example, 'alligator meat' returns documents with the exact phrase 'alligator meat'
Published after date must be later than or the same as Published before date.
Published before date must be earlier than or the same as Published after date.
Complying with the Uncooked Comminuted Fermented Meat (UCFM) Standard
Guidance
Food (Uncooked Comminuted Fermented Meat) Standard 2008
Standard
Food (Revocation of Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds, Importer Listing, Importer General Requirements, Prescribed Foods, and Imported Milk and Milk Products Standards) Standard 2016
Standard
New Zealand Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2016
Standard
fortification of bread with iodine and folic acid
Discussion paper
fortification-bread-folic-acid-QA.pdf
Information paper
Making Uncooked Salami (Uncooked Comminuted Fermented Meat or UCFM)
Guidance
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