Wolfix wrote:There goes all my NZ hiking plans :,(
Then make enquiries directly with NZ Customs.
People have taken their own dehaydrated and (psuedo) vac heat sealed, including meat products, and declared them, and been passed through customs. About twelve days worth. Maybe they they appeared professional in the way they did it and didnt behave like lobotomised gibbons.
Ive declared powdered milk decanted into smaller plastic containers (ie no longer in mnfrs packaging) and not been refused that either, rather than buying the bulk packs in Kiwi.
When I spoke to customs, as in conversation with officers, actually there, face to face, I was surprised at their tolerance levels, and they were more concerned about raw unprocessed foods (fruits, meat, whatever) and untreated bark (cinamon sticks etc.) and seed products. They seemed more than happy to provide expanations to genuine enquiries.
The Biosecurity NZ site is about what you have to declare
, not what you will be allowed to bring in and what will be confiscated. I have previously read the basis they use for approvals for personal use, much of it is about product stability and shelf life in its packaging, and you might be able to work out something satisfactory.
Im not saying the way you package your dried slops will meet with customs approval but it would be worth putting your case and finding out. Wont cost you anything.
Often take the entire first walks food short of fresh meat, fruit and bread, and Ive never had anything confiscated in two or three passports.
Every four seconds, somewhere in the world, an Harlequin Mills and Boon is sold ... Wot ...