Quality Assured & Traceability

New Zealand operates one of the strictest quality assurance programmes for shellfish in the world. Water quality is rigorously and constantly monitored with testing carried out to specifications and standards set by the USFDA, the European Union and NZ Food Safety Authority.

Processing methods adhere to New Zealand government regulations and international food processing standards including the USFDA (meeting all requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program) and European Union. Regular audits are carried out by Ministry inspectors as well as buyer appointed auditors. Each factory runs its own quality control program including a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.


Pure New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels can be traced right back to the time they were seeded out as juvenile mussels, as well as tracing events that occurred in the water during the growing cycle.

Furthermore any product in the market can be traced from when it was harvested, by whom, where and when it was processed and distributed to market. This means that New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussel products can be traced throughout the entire journey from ocean to plate to be consumed with confidence.