Introduction to honey and bee products

Learn about the requirements for primary and secondary processors of honey and bee products.

Processing and selling bee products

If you process honey or other bee products for sale in New Zealand, you need to meet certain requirements under the Food Act 2014. Find advice about labelling bee products and about when you can export under the Food Act.

Exporting honey and bee products

MPI helps honey exporters sell their products to almost 40 countries. Find information about meeting general requirements for export, obtaining official assurances, finding OMARs, getting listed to export to the European Union (EU) and testing for contaminants under the Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

Risk management programmes for bee products

If you process or store bee products for export, you must operate under a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP). You can develop this using a template and Code of Practice (COP). Find what you need to know when developing an RMP for processing or storing bee products and how COPs can help you do this efficiently.

Tutin contamination

If you're a beekeeper or if you pack honey for sale or export, you must comply with a standard under the Food Act to show that your honey does not contain toxic levels of tutin. Learn about the causes of tutin toxicity and about the standard requirements you must meet to avoid selling contaminated honey.

Industry organisations

Find contact details for organisations that support and advocate for the New Zealand bee industry:

ApiNZ manages an agency which administers the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan and has a website dedicated to this:

Related information

Along with requirements specific to honey and bee products, you also need to comply with general food safety requirements.

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

Keeping up to date

It's important to keep up to date with any new or revised honey and bee product information, including requirements, consultations, strategies, and other content changes. 

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