At Taranaki Bioextracts we offer the security of non-GMO in our food ingredients/ products. This is because New Zealand has some of the strictest policies on GMO in the world.
When it comes to genetic modification, our crops are safe. No genetically modified products can be grown in New Zealand – it’s against the law. No fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) or meat available in New Zealand is genetically modified.
New Zealand animals are fed 100% natural New Zealand green grass and crops. Our crops are safe because it is illegal to import GM (genetically modified) seeds and nursery stock into New Zealand without the approval from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) – a New Zealand government agency which regulates environmental issues at a national level, with a vision to “protect the environment and enhance our way of life and the economy.”
“Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are regulated in New Zealand under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is responsible for regulating the introduction and use of GMOs in New Zealand. An approval must be obtained by the EPA before a GMO can be imported into or developed in this country, As the New Zealand regulatory agency for GMOs, the EPA has not granted any approvals for genetically modified plant species to be released into the New Zealand environment,” says Miriam Robertson, Manager New Organisms, Hazardous Substances and New Organisms.
The HSNO Act is enforced at the border by MPI via the Biosecurity Act 1993. Any consignments or shipments of seed and nursery stock species must be tested at an MPI-approved laboratory for the presence of genetically modified seeds before being imported. Testing certification has to be provided with each consignment. This is relevant to both seeds for sowing and for nursery stock.
When it comes to supplementary animal feeds, dietary supplements for animals and ingredients for these products, they need to meet MPI’s biosecurity and Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act requirements. These are specific requirements which vary depending on the product and country it originated from. This prevents diseases and pests from entering New Zealand and reduces risks to animal welfare and trade.
As an export food ingredient manufacturer at TBE this gives us confidence in the quality, non-GMO status, and safety of our product. A confidence that we can pass on to our customers, and their customers too – all of whom are increasingly asking for transparency.
References – Ministry for Primary Industries | NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz)