What's new – Organics

This page lists important updates relevant to the Organics section of the MPI Food Safety website. Items are displayed in date order, with the most recent listed first.

12 July 2017

13 June 2017

23 May 2017

10 May 2017

2 May 2017

  • Update: Updated Organic Certificate Request Form

    Due to a change in the EU regulation, MPI has amended the organic certificate request form to capture some new information which is needed on organic export certificates (official assurances) accompanying product exported to the EU.

26 October 2016

  • New Consultation: Have your say on food safety rules

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is proposing some changes to food safety rules – and calling on businesses to give them feedback.

    Watch the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7nfDuvB-_E

    The rules are part of the new Food Act, which came into effect in March this year. MPI has been monitoring the new law, and listening to feedback from businesses. We are now making changes to help the new law work better.

    Changes include reducing record keeping requirements for some lower risk businesses, getting rid of outdated rules, and making it easier for businesses to organise their first verification. There are also changes for national programme businesses using specific processes, like fermentation or pasteurisation.

    To find out about all the changes, see the MPI website. You can have your say in several ways, from making a formal submission to filling in a quick survey.

    Find out more:
    http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/have-your-say-about-food-safety-rules/

22 August 2016

  • New: Food Safety Law Reform Bill

    The Primary Production Select Committee is currently accepting public submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. Here is the link to the Parliament website through which you can make a submission to the Committee. Submissions close on 22 September.

    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/51SCPP_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL69227_1/food-safety-law-reform-bill

9 March 2016

  • Update: Organic OMAR for Taiwan

    The organic OMAR for Taiwan has been updated to include the requirements for exporting organic wine to Taiwan, and to specify that honey cannot be exported to Taiwan as organic. This OMAR is relevant to operators, including exporters, and Third Party Agencies participating in the MPI Official Organic Assurance Programme.

  • Update: Memo: OOAP Technical Rules for Organic Wine

    The memo prefixing Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP) Technical Rules for Organic Wine (Chapter 8A) has been amended to include information on the eligibility of vintages for export as organic wine to Taiwan. This memo is relevant to organic winemaking operators, including exporters, and Third Party Agencies participating in the MPI Official Organic Assurance Programme.

14 October 2015

  • New: FOOD SAFETY ALERTS are changing: SIGN UP NOW to stay informed

    If you are a business or organisation that sells food, the new FOOD ACT is probably relevant to you. Information about the Food Act 2014 is now on the new MPI website. To continue to stay up to date, please register for alerts from our new site.
    To help businesses transition to new food safety rules, we are regularly making more resources and information available. This includes templates, guidance, and information for different sectors.
    For updates on the new Food Act, sign up here: If you are a business or organisation that sells food, the new FOOD ACT is probably relevant to you. Information about the Food Act 2014 is now on the new MPI website. To continue to stay up to date, please register for alerts from our new site.
    To help businesses transition to new food safety rules, we are regularly making more resources and information available. This includes templates, guidance, and information for different sectors.
    For updates on the new Food Act, sign up here: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/subscribe-to-mpi/

    Please note: Food Act alerts from the food safety site will be switched off from the end of November.
    Unsure if the Food Act is relevant for you? Use the Where do I Fit? tool https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-act-2014/where-do-i-fit/