Food safety and biosecurity cost recovery consultation

FGC has made a submission on the Ministry for Primary Industries’ proposals concerning cost recovery. It will be available in the Submissions section of this website shortly.

MPI says the purpose of the proposals is to update fee rates and improve policy settings. MPI has been holding stakeholder meetings around the country to explain its proposals. More than 250 biosecurity and food safety fees, charges, and levies are involved.

The proposed increases would be the first for Food Safety since 2008 and Biosecurity since 2010.

MPI says there have been a lot of changes since fees were set:

  • MPI has been created
  • market structures have changed
  • imports and exports have increased
  • the number of food businesses has increased

MPI says it has also strengthened and improved its services in response to these changes, including:

  • introduced electronic export certification for wine and all animal products
  • introduced food assurance systems to match rapid growth of infant formula exports
  • increased the number of staff in China
  • improved dairy residue monitoring
  • increased use of biosecurity dogs

Some fee rates include a temporary increase to recover historic debts. Existing policy has also been reviewed, and changes are proposed to improve services, improve consistency, or to meet international obligations.

For food safety (from animal products and wine) they intend to increase the cost recovered from industry by $6.8 million, to $62.1 million for 2015/16.

Submissions closed on February 20. Further details are on the MPI website here.

MPI is also embarking on a first-principles review. This will consider harmonising cost-recovery regimes across MPI amongst other things and is expected to be subject to consultation later in the yearThe Ministry for Primary Industries is holding a series of consultation meetings throughout the country on its biosecurity and food safety cost recovery review.