Monitoring programmes and testing for dairy products

Dairy products are tested for contaminants and residues to ensure they meet standards for the New Zealand market and for export.


Under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 all dairy products must be safe and suitable for their intended purpose. Food safety risks are managed through a range of measures including Risk Management Programmes (RMPs), Regulated Control Schemes (RCSs), export controls and other legislation under the APA.

The risk management measures also include monitoring and testing of dairy products under the following programmes:

  • National Chemical Contaminants Programme (NCCP), which tests for a wide range of agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines in dairy products and milk
  • Independent Verification Programme (IVP), which verifies the accuracy of commercial testing.

Click on the pages, Chemical residues & contaminants and Independent Verification Programme in the left-hand menu to find out more about how these programmes apply to your dairy operation.


Testing is carried out by laboratories recognised for MPI for this work. Click on the pages for Laboratories and Test methods in the left-hand menu to find further information.