Processing and selling bee products in New Zealand

If you process honey and bee products for sale in New Zealand, find out about the requirements under the Food Act, labelling and limits on exporting.

Operating under the Food Act

Bee products, including honey, that are produced for domestic consumption, may be produced under the requirements of the Food Act.

You must also meet the requirements of the:

  • Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code which covers labelling and composition of food in New Zealand
  • Food Standards for honey.

There is further information about labelling your bee products on this page and you can find out about requirements for meeting the Tutin in Honey Standard on the Managing tutin contamination page in the left-hand menu.

Note that:

  • Giving honey to, or swapping it for produce with, your friends and family, is not regulated under the Food Act.
  • Bartering honey as part of a financial transaction and giving away samples of honey for promotional purposes are forms of sale and subject to regulation under the Food Act.
  • If you operate under the Food Act, you do not need a Risk Management Programme (RMP)

Exporting and selling in New Zealand

If you sell or process honey and bee products in New Zealand and you also export them, then, depending on the countries you export to, you can operate under the Food Act or an RMP under the Animal Products Act. You can find out more on the page, Market access. Click Exporting bee products in the left hand menu.

Labelling your bee products

If you package honey or bee products, you need to comply with the labelling requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. These include nutrition information and special warnings for bee products containing royal jelly. The following information has been prepared to assist packers of manuka honey meet the requirements of the Food Standards Code. This information also generally applies to other honey types packed for retail sale with the exception of the definition section which is specific to manuka honey.

Interim Labelling Guide For Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey Labelling Pamphlet

Further general information about labelling and composition is found in the General Requirements section of the site.

Labelling & composition