3 Mar 2013
As you are involved in export of New Zealand milk products, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) would like to keep you updated with what the government has learned of overseas authorities’ reaction around low levels of DCD residues being found in a small amount of New Zealand dairy products.
The Chinese General Administration for the Supervision of Quality, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has now issued an interim notice regarding a new monitoring regime for DCD for New Zealand dairy product. The testing requirements, as set out below, come into force immediately.
Importers of all New Zealand dairy products manufactured before 20 November 2012, and third country dairy products containing ingredients produced from New Zealand raw dairy material manufactured before this date, must provide a certificate of analysis (CoA) for DCD to AQSIQ Border Officials (CIQ) to clear the border.
Chinese authorities have not yet set an acceptable level for DCD presence.
In addition batches will be randomly sampled and tested in China at a rate of 10%.
New Zealand dairy products produced after 20 November 2012 do not have to be accompanied by a CoA provided the importer supplies a manufacturer declaration that the product is made from raw materials produced after 20 November 2012.
However these products will also be subject to the 10% sampling testing regime in China
Imported dairy products that are found to contain DCD residue through testing or monitoring will be detained in China and the China health certificate to allow internal distribution will not be issued. The products will remain under temporary detainment by CIQ until the Chinese Ministry of Health concludes its risk assessment of DCD.
MPI suggests that CoAs are submitted in China with the MPI export certificate.
MPI has undertaken some interlab comparison work and can confirm that there are now three laboratories which are recognised as being suitable to provide CoAs for DCD testing for China – they are AsureQuality, Hill Laboratories and Cawthron.
We would also remind exporters that where product is rejected at the border for DCD residues or for any other reason, it is a requirement that this be reported to MPI.
MPI is continuing to work with Chinese regulators regarding its formal stance on DCD in food products and will advise about any decisions through regular channels.
In the meantime we continue to monitor reaction from other markets through our New Zealand diplomatic posts and will keep you updated on developments as necessary. To our knowledge, there are no other markets where the authorities require testing for DCD, including Malaysia which has recently ceased testing.
Domestic media interest around the issue has tailed off. Last month MPI released test results showing no DCD has been detected since mid November. Media questions were fielded by MPI’s director general Wayne McNee, principal toxicology adviser, John Reeve, and me.
Overall the tenor the coverage was neutral to positive.
More information about the test results is on MPI’s website, here:
For further information you can contact: Debbie Morris, MPI Director Systems Support and ACVM; email firstname.lastname@example.org
; telephone: 04 894 2541.
You may have seen also media reports about planned changes to China’s import requirements. It is important to note that these changes are not linked to the presence of DCD in some New Zealand dairy products. They are part of a package of China reforms which began some years before. MPI has issued an FYI on this topic which can be found on the website at http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/industry/sectors/dairy/market-access/fyis/
along with other relevant information such as the 1 March 2013 MPI name change on export certificates.
Deputy Director Standards
Ministry for Primary Industries