13 Apr 2011

MAF confirms its health standards for pork imports

5:52 pm on 13 April 2011

The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed new import health standards for pig meat imports.

MAF released provisional standards in 2009, but was asked to go back to the drawing board last year after an independent review panel found them to be deficient.

The pork industry asked for the review because it feared the draft standards weren't enough to keep the disease Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) out of New Zealand.

MAF deputy director-general Carol Barnao says the updated standards will allow limited imports of fresh uncooked pork from countries that have the disease.

The pork will have to have the lymph nodes removed and weigh no more than 3kg.

Ms Barnao says the new import health standards are being put in place this week.