Quality Assurance From the Top Down

The New Zealand Government is responsible for assuring the safety and quality of food exported from the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has overall responsibility for administering and auditing meat inspection and oversees a comprehensive, government-controlled meat inspection process for all meat processed for export.

Inspection is carried out at various points along the processing chain by trained meat inspectors employed by Asure New Zealand (a stand-alone government agency). Their work is checked and audited by the MAF Verification Agency (MAFVA).