New Zealand Import Health Standards to be revoked:
The Ministry for Primary Industry NZ will be revoking their Importing Health Standards (IHS) for Alpaca shortly, this will affect all Alpaca Imports into New Zealand.
The issue relates to the required Q Fever testing methodology and the subsequent irregular results being returned. The decision is the result of the only 2 available tests being reviewed and assessed to be of unknown sensitivity in alpacas (the ELISA) and unacceptably low sensitivity (the CFT). An alternative, acceptable test has not yet been found.
DAWR and International Alpaca Exports in conjunction with specific laboratories are working together in a number of areas to provide MPI NZ with a suitable method of testing for certification.
The newest IHD (camaniic.gen), although undergoing an amendment at the moment will be available for MPI and DAWR to negotiate a new certificate when an alternative test or other option is agreed upon.
This does not affect the current group already in the IAE Quarantine which are about to be exported, we have been working with both MPI and DAWR to facilitate this import prior to the revoking of the HIS.
We anticipate the closure to be temporary whilst satisfactory methods are found and presented to MPI NZ for agreement.
Further updates will be sent to members through their respective associations, the IAE website and on the Alpaca Q and A forum on social media.
Wildflower Alpacas and International Alpaca Exports