On 1 July 2010, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) were amalgamated. On 1 July 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Fisheries merged to create a single agency spanning the whole of the primary sector. The new ministry became the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 30 April 2012.
MPI’s functions are centered around New Zealand’s primary industries. We work to improve the productivity and environmental performance of those sectors, connect them with international markets, manage risk to New Zealand’s biological foundations, and provide assurances about the integrity of food and other products.
Safe and suitable food is our priority
Ensuring a safe and suitable food supply is a public health priority for any country. In New Zealand nearly 80% of the food we produce is exported, providing just over half the country’s merchandise trade underpinning our economy.
Protecting consumers and our reputation as a supplier of safe and suitable food is essential.
New Zealand consumers expect our food supply, including imported foods, to be safe. Exporters and our trading partners need assurance that the food we produce meets the requirements of importing countries.
MPI is committed to providing an effective food regulatory programme that covers food produced and consumed in New Zealand as well as imports and exports of food products.
The Minister for Food Safety
The Minister for Food Safety is the Hon Nikki Kaye.