Overview - Animal Feeds

Get an overview of the requirements for importing, manufacturing, selling and exporting of animal feeds including feed and feed ingredient imports, feed manufacture, petfood, waste feeding, rendering. If you're new to animal feeds - this is a good place to start.


The requirements your operation needs to comply with depend on the type of activity you are undertaking. The legislation that applies is summarised below. Under each Act there can be regulations, notices and specifications which give effect to and clarify the requirements.

The requirements you need to comply with depend on the whether you are importing, selling, manufacturing, storing or transporting animal feeds and whether it is for the New Zealand market or for export.

Legislation – animal feeds

A variety of controls exist under the:

  • Animal Products Act 1999 (e.g. Risk Management Programmes for renderers and primary petfood processors).
  • Biosecurity Act 1993 (e.g. Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations, Biosecurity (Ruminant Protein) Regulations; Hydatids Controlled Area Notice; Import Health Standards for feeds and feed ingredients);
  • ACVM Act 1997 (e.g. Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011).

What you will find here

This Animal Feeds section of the website is split into sub-sections and links to other pages. Use the menu on the left to find your way around. This web page and some of the associated web pages and functions are still under construction and will be updated soon.

Important information for running your animal feeds business

Running an animal feeds business requires you to comply with other legislation and requirements. You can find these on the MPI website. Links to information about food safety, biosecurity or ACVM requirements are below.

General requirements & programmes

Importing (Biosecurity)

Within New Zealand (Domestic) (Biosecurity)

Overview – ACVM, Agricultural compounds & veterinary medicines (ACVM)

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