About SSC

The Seafood Standards Council is an official committee of Seafood New Zealand Limited in cooperation with the Ministry for Primary Industries.  It is primarily concerned with the assurance of food safety and market access for seafood produced in New Zealand. Acting as an advisory council to industry and Government, it is this country's officially recognised technical authority in:

  • Setting standards of seafood safety  
  • Specifying competence and diligence requirements
  • Identifying training requirements and facilitating the provision of training
  • Keeping the industry well informed on seafood safety
  • Developing negotiating strategies for access to overseas markets
  • Providing policy advice to Government and industry organisations on seafood safety.

Seafood Standards Council Membership

The Seafood Standards Council is comprised of an independent Chairman, six industry representatives, one consumer representative, two MPI directors (Assurances and Standards and Market Access), a secretariat (provided by Seafood New Zealand Limited) and a Seafood New Zealand Limited executive.  MPI (Assurances and Standards Groups), MPI Verification Agency and MPI Compliance and Investigation Group staff are regular attendees.  There are also two positions available for industry observers at each meeting.

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Seafood Standards Council Meetings

The Seafood Standards Council meets approximately 3 - 4 times per year.  These meeting are usually held at Seafood New Zealand Limited, in Wellington.  There are always 2 positions available at each meeting for industry observers, which are allocated on a first in, first served basis.