New Food Import Law

by on 17 February 2016

As from 1st March, New Zealand food importers will have to meet new regulatory requirements under the Food Act 2014.

The most significant change introduced is that people or businesses wishing to import food into the country must either register with the Ministry of Primary Industries ( MPI) as a food importer or use a registered food importer to import on their behalf.

From 1st March, registered importers must:

  • start paying a fee to register
  • renew registration every year
  • keep or have access to records to show where food has come from and that it is safe
  • get food safety clearance for foods of high regulatory interest – formerly called “prescribed foods”

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the “Hobbs Team”

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