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Human milk and human milk products: Response from the Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is currently aware of interest from companies wishing to import, market and sell human

breast milk products in Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand, human milk is classified as a human tissue under the Human Tissue Act 2008. Under the Human Tissue Act 2008, the sale and marketing of breast milk products is prohibited unless an exemption is granted by the Minister of Health.


The Ministry of Health and Ministry for Primary Industries (lead agency for food safety standards in New Zealand) are working closely together with their Australian counterparts to provide advice on donor milk banking, and the regulation, and importation of human milk products. An Australian led working group has been established to undertake work during 2019 in response to a rise in global interest in human milk and human milk products.
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