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28 October 1999
The Animal Products Act 1999, which covers the production and processing of all animal
products, commences in most parts on Monday (1 November 1999).
It will deliver food safety assurances, advance New Zealand's export
competitiveness and has the potential to save New Zealand millions per annum.
It will directly affect a wide range of New Zealanders such as processors of animal
products, farmers, dual butchers, homekill operators, exporters and recreational hunters.
The new Act will help ensure animal products are safe from diseases, defects and
contaminants of concern. This is vital to the health and well being of all consumers on
both the domestic and international market.
Internationally, consumer confidence was shaken following headlines of breakdowns in
the food safety system - BSE in Britain and E.coli outbreaks in Japan, Australia, Scotland
and the United States. These highly visible episodes led to widespread moves
internationally and in New Zealand, to revise food safety regulations. In New Zealand
these were a factor in the development of the Animal Products Act.
The Animal Products Act will eventually repeal the outdated Meat Act 1981 and the
Apiaries Act regime. The Animal Products Act will be implemented over a three-year
transitional period – until 31 October 2002. During this time all three Acts will
operate in parallel except in a three key areas - export provisions, cost recovery and
homekill. These areas will be covered by the Animal Products Act, which comes into force
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Director, Animal Products, Tony Zohrab
said the Act will reduce the Government's involvement at the operational level of the
business and puts the responsibility for risk management on industry.
"Government's new role focuses on managing a risk management system within
which it sets risk management outcomes for businesses to meet, rather than prescribing how
industry should deliver safe animal products," he said.
For further information contact:
Tony Zohrab, Director Animal Products, Phone: 021 673 423
Victor Walker, Project Manager, Animal Products Act, Phone: 04 474 4193
Judy Barker, Programme Manager (Meat and Seafood)
Phone: 04 474