New Zealand has never had a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathies (BSEs) and has been recognised as BSE free by the World Organisationfor Animal Health
(OIE). New Zealand dairy products are safe to consume with no risk of BSEs or Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
On the basis of a growing body of scientific knowledge, experts agree that some bovine products are safe, regardless of the BSE status of a given country. Bovine products considered safe to eat or use include milk and milk products, gelatine, and collagen prepared exclusively from hides and skins.