The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requires that packaging and labeling on products in foreign languages is translated into English. If the labels are dual language, an operator must obtain a certified document stating the two versions are consistent. You may also need certified English translations of other import or export documentation in other languages for MPI clearance.
MPI regulations state that operators shall obtain certified translations of any statement on or attached to any packaging, wrapping or label relating to animal materials or animal products intended for export. MPI regulations also state that “Certified translations of labels are required to demonstrate compliance with the notice during verification”. Operators can demonstrate compliance with these regulations by obtaining translations, independent from commercial clients, of any labels.
Certified translations for MPI must be undertaken by a service in New Zealand independent of the manufacturer, brand owner or customer, and for most cases, should be sourced from within New Zealand. The translations must be certified by a person with responsibility for undertaking the translation and contact details for the translation service should be on record and available for verification.