Cold and dry stores

The requirements your storage operation needs to comply with depend on the type of products being stored and whether they are sold in New Zealand or exported overseas.


Legislation – storing products for sale in New Zealand

  • Animal products for human consumption – comply with the Food Act.
  • Dairy products for human consumption – comply with the Food Act.
  • Non-animal products for human consumption – comply with the Food Act.

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.

If you’re storing products for animal consumption, refer to:

Legislation – storing products for export

Animal products for human or animal consumption

You need to comply with the Animal Products Act 1999 and any destination country requirements. Note that cold and dry storage of animal products is classified as secondary processing under the Animal Products Act 1999.

Non-animal products for human consumption

You need to comply with the Food Act, Wine Act 2003, Organic Official Assurances Programme and destination country requirements as applicable.

Non-animal products for animal consumption

If you’re storing non-animal products for animal consumption, refer to:

Wine products

Stores for wine products for export must comply with the Wine Act 2003.

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