Rules for food ingredients

There are some rules about which ingredients you can use in food and drink sold in New Zealand. You may use some ingredients only in limited amounts.

Get to know the rules

New Zealand has rules around which ingredients you may use in food and drink sold here. Some ingredients are allowed only in limited amounts or must come from a particular source.

Make sure you understand all the rules on ingredients that apply to the food or drink you're selling. There are rules around:

  • food additives - including preservatives, colouring, flavouring and other additives
  • vitamins and minerals
  • processing aids
  • plants and fungi
  • novel (new) foods
  • levels of contaminants and natural toxicants
  • residue levels
  • microbiological limits.

Find out about 'special rules'

Some types of food and drink have special rules around how much of, or sources of, some ingredients. These include:

  • alcoholic drinks
  • infant formula
  • supplemented (fortified) food.

Refer to the code for details

The Food Standards Code has details about the rules and ingredient limits. You'll find them in chapters 1 and 2.

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