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 .
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 email@example.com, 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 .
Information on importing animals is available here .
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:
Page last updated: 5 December 2013