Within New Zealand (Domestic)

Domestic Standards and Regulations

Some standards and regulations apply to activities that happen within New Zealand's borders. MPI is tasked with ensuring compliance with these to insure we can continue to trade in the international community and prevent the spread of exotic pests and diseases.

Ruminant Protein Regulations

Feeding ruminant protein (such as meat meal, bone meal, blood meal, meat and bone meal and blood and bone meal etc) to cattle, sheep, goats, deer, buffaloes, llama or other ruminants has been banned. This has been done under the Biosecurity (Ruminant Protein) Regulations, 2010 (offsite link to www.legislation.govt.nz).

Under the Regulations, if you are a feed manufacturer, miller, renderer or a feed re-bagging unit you may require a MPI-registered Ruminant Protein Control Programme.

For more information about the Ruminant Protein Regulations and TSE’s visit our website at the following link: Ruminant Protein Control Programme

Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005

These regulations require that food waste that contains meat, or has come into contact with meat, must be heated to 100°C for one hour before it is fed to pigs.

This requirement aims to lessen the risk of spreading important exotic epidemic diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD) and the swine fevers, were they to enter New Zealand.

More information about the Food Waste Feeding Regulations is available on our website: Restrictions on feeding meat and food waste to pigs.

The food waste feeding regulations are administered by the Animal Imports Team. You can contact the team by emailing foodwaste@mpi.govt.nz, or phoning 04-894 0100.

Biosecurity (Imported Animals, Embryos, and Semen Information) Regulations 1999

If you own, or intend to own, cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, or deer that were imported live or originated from imported embryos, there are reporting and record keeping obligations that you must meet under the Biosecurity (Imported Animals, Embryos, and Semen Information) Regulations 1999.

The reporting obligations aim to mitigate the risk of spread of certain exotic diseases should they be introduced into the country through imported ruminants. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) track these animals throughout their lives after they arrive into the country. Maintaining this capability is vital to ensuring that the animals, people and environment of New Zealand are protected and that the country continues to enjoy the considerable benefits associated with overseas trade in animals and their products.

More information on these regulations is available on our website here (offsite link to www.biosecurity.govt.nz).

Information on importing animals is available here (offsite link to www.biosecurity.govt.nz).

Reporting of biosecurity clearance decisions under section 27(3) the Biosecurity Act 1993

In September 2012, the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 repealed and replaced sections 26 and 27 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act), which are the key sections that guide decision-making on giving biosecurity clearance for imported goods.

The provision in the new section 27(3) requires MPI to make available the following information on a Ministry internet site:

  1. any guidelines or directions from a chief technical officer on measures that may be applied  to manage the risks from harmful organisms found on goods that are not normally considered to be risk goods;
  2. any guidelines or directions from a chief technical officer on measures different from those in the standard that may be applied to manage the risks from non-compliance with an import health standard;
  3. certain details about decisions to give clearance for goods that do not comply with the applicable import health standard:
    1. the goods given clearance; and
    2. the nature of the non-compliance with the requirements in an applicable import health standard; and
    3. the reasons for giving the clearance.

This information can be found in a quarterly report produced by MPI.

Hydatids (Echinococcus granulosus)

In 2002, after almost half a century of control efforts, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), declared New Zealand as being provisionally free from the dog tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus.

Although hydatids (the larval form of Echinococcus granulosus, which is found in intermediate hosts such as livestock and even humans; the adult form of this tapeworm is found in dogs, which is the definitive host) is treated as an exotic disease now, a controlled area notice remains in place to limit the spread of this parasite should it be re-introduced into the country through importation of animals involved in its lifecycle.

Full details of the prohibitions that are in place through the Hydatids Controlled Area Notice are available below:

Controlled Area Notice in respect of Echinococcus granulosus (Hydatids) (Notice No. 294) Link to PDF document (419 KB)

Page last updated: 19 December 2013