Selling petfood in New Zealand

Petfood sold in NZ must comply with the requirements for oral nutritional compounds (ONCs) set out in the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011 under the ACVM Act.

New Zealand Legislation: ACVM (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011 (External website)

You must:

  • Ensure that your petfood is fit for use (Regulation 7)
  • Ensure that the specified information is on the label (Regulation 12)
  • Meet the specific requirements for oral nutritional compounds in entry 25 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations
  • Ensure that you do not make misleading statements about your petfood (Regulation 13), particularly in regard to making therapeutic claims.

If you are selling a product manufactured by another party, if you alter the product or its labelling, or you will be classed as a manufacturer under the law and subject to the minimum manufacturing requirements.

Refer to the petfood, animal feeds & supplements page of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines area of this website for more information.

Petfood, animal feeds & supplements