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New import requirements for frozen berries are a win-win for consumers and food importers in New Zealand

New Zealand
Regulation & Compliances
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 23, 2024

Tridge summary

Following a hepatitis A outbreak in 2022-2023 linked to frozen berries that affected 39 people, New Zealand Food Safety has implemented new import regulations to enhance consumer protection. Starting from August 1, with a transition period until January 31, 2026, the regulations mandate independent certification for overseas manufacturers to align with New Zealand's food safety standards. This initiative, supported by major frozen berry importers and endorsed by the Office of the Auditor-General, aims to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of frozen berry products in the country.
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New Zealand Food Safety today issued new import rules for frozen berries to help keep New Zealanders safe and improve processes at the border. In 2022-2023 there was an outbreak of hepatitis A virus associated with frozen berries, affecting 39 people. "New Zealand was among a number of countries which recalled frozen berries at different times due to concerns about the presence of hepatitis A," says New Zealand Food Safety deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle. "We’ve worked hard to the identify and implement ways to improve food safety rules to better manage the risk to consumers. As part of this we worked closely with major frozen berry importers, who have expressed strong support for the changes. "New Zealand Food safety’s work to strengthen these requirements was acknowledged in a recent Office of the Auditor-General report into monitoring importers of high-risk foods as ‘robust and in line with international best practice’." In a first for New Zealand, the change introduce ...
Source: Mpi
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