New Zealand is unique in the world in being free of the three major exotic avian diseases – Avian influenza (bird flu), Newcastle Disease and Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) – which makes it one of the healthiest places to raise chickens.

To help protect protecting our farming stocks – and our native birds – from disease, raw poultry products (or table eggs) cannot be imported into New Zealand. This also allows us to assure consumers that New Zealand’s fresh poultry products are free from growth hormones.

All poultry sold by our members meets the stringent animal welfare and food safety standards that New Zealand consumers have rightly come to expect.

Another clear pass for NZ chicken

Regular testing programme again confirms no chemical residues found in NZ chicken As part of its regulatory role in ensuring food safety and good agricultural practices  in New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) conducts a number of residue monitoring programmes for the presence of agricultural compounfds, veterinary medicines and environmental contaminants in the full […]

Keeping NZ Free of Avian Diseases

New Zealand is the only country in the world that is free from the major avian diseases. Michael Brooks explains how this is achieved.