Changes to Import of Chicken Products

The DoA has issued an advice to importers and agents about changed conditions for importing chicken meat, chicken eggs, chicken meat products and pet food from NZ.


On 4th October the Department of Agriculture (DoA) issued Industry Advice Notice 158-2019 (which is an amendment to previous IAN 148-2019): Changes to import conditions for chicken meat, chicken eggs, chicken meat products and pet food from New Zealand.

This comes as a consequence of notification received by DoA from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries of the detection of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) in New Zealand that may be a threat to the Australian poultry industry and environment.

For Chicken meat and chicken meat products:

  • Product must now be a heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 80°C for not less than 125 minutes or equivalent.
  • The official government health certification must state that the product has undergone this heat treatment
  • All other existing import conditions must be met

For dry, semi-moist and heat processed pet food containing poultry or egg ingredients (excluding retorted pet foods):

  • Product must now be a heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 100°C for not less than 30 minutes or equivalent.
  • The official government health certification must state that the product has undergone this heat treatment
  • All other existing import conditions must be met

Whole eggs:

  • Whole shell-on eggs are not permitted under the current arrangements. Importers of these products may import shell-off eggs, provided they meet existing import conditions
  • All other existing import conditions must be met

The strengthened conditions apply to any products manufactured on or after 27 May 2019. DoA will also change import permits to reflect the strengthened conditions.

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