Frequently Asked Questions

Could didymo spread to lakes throughout New Zealand?

Yes. Although didymo prefers a river environment with clear water flowing over stable substrate at depths sufficient for light penetration to drive photosynthesis, blooms have been found in South Island Lakes. Lake Wakatipu, for example, contains visible didymo on some parts of the lake shore.

How do I explain the New Zealand standard to my suppliers?

Most international exporters will be aware of, if not already complying with, the ISPM 15 standard so explaination of the New Zealand standard should not be too difficult.

We recommend e-mailing the link to the full standard to all your suppliers for them to review.

What happens if new threats to bee products are identified or new information becomes available?

Import health standards are constantly reviewed in the light of new information such as changing disease status in exporting countries, changes in international standards and latest research findings. For example, Biosecurity New Zealand became aware of the possibility of Nosema ceranae, a newly identified bee parasite that is linked to bee diseases in Europe, being introduced into New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand investigated this possibility and a technical report was completed. The conclusion of this technical report was that there was sufficient uncertainty regarding this organism to include temporary measures in the import health standard for bee products from Australia.

What happens to your submission on a consultation document?

Submissions and MPI responses will be collated in a 'Review of Submissions' document. This document will be forwarded to all submitters.

Is there any treatment or cure for Foot and Mouth Disease?

No. Vaccination is used in some countries where FMD is present to control the disease.

How can the public protect their birds from avian influenza?

The risk of bird flu entering New Zealand in migratory birds is considered very low but good biosecurity practices are crucial in minimising the likelihood of entry of any type of avian influenza virus.

What facilities are now covered under this new standard?

The types of facilities covered under the new standard are facilities previously approved under the following standards

  • 152.04.03f - Requirements for holding and processing facilities
  • BNZ STD TFSCO - requirements for transitional facilities for sea containers
  • PBC-NZ-STD-FACIL-FLIGHT – requirements for flight kitchens (transitional facilities)
  • PBC-NZ-STD-FACIL-REFUSE – requirements for incineration/ sterilisation facilities for quarantine refuse or uncleared risk goods
  • 154.02.18- transitional facilities for animal products
  • 154.02.17 – transitional facilities for biological products ONLY where the facility is receiving and holding the product, not processing the product.
What will happen to me if I am caught carrying fruit in the restricted area?

You are allowed to carry fruit within the wider zone but not allowed to remove it from the area. If you live in the inner Zone A, you should not take whole fruit and veges from your house at all. The Ministry does have the power to stop you.

What do I need to do to make sure my overseas wood packaging is compliant for entry into New Zealand?

To be compliant wood packaging must be:

  • Treated (with rates specified in appendix 1 and 3 of the import health standard) using the following methods:
    • Heat treatment
    • Fumigated with methyl bromide
    • Fumigated with phosphine
    • Chemical preservation using:
      • Boron compounds
      • Copper + didecyldimethyl ammonium chloride
      • Copper azole
      • Copper chrome arsenic
      • Propiconaole and Tebuconazole
  • Wood packaging treated to ISPM 15 standard should be marked with the following:

XX = Two letter code for country in which wood packaging was produced

000 = Official certification number for facility that produced the wood packaging

YY = Treatment that the wood packaging has been given

This mark can only be given to wood packaging by an approved provider from the country of origin

  • Wood packaging that is not marked with the above stamp must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with the treatment detailed in the treatment section or a NPPO endorsed treatment certificate.
  • Free from pests
  • Free of extraneous material (e.g. leaves, soil)
  • Free of all bark
What is being done to secure a BSE free New Zealand in the future?

Despite the very low risk of BSE to New Zealand, the New Zealand industry in close consultation with the government agencies to constantly review and improve the measures that are in place to ensure they are of the highest standards.