Feeding pigs untreated food waste results in conviction

06 April 2009

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is pleased with the conviction handed out in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday, the first under the Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005.

Garry Anderson pleaded guilty to charges of feeding pigs untreated meat / food waste and was fined a total of $1480 including court costs and solicitor fees.

The Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005 ban the collection, distribution and trading of waste food for feeding to pigs if the waste food contains untreated meat or may have come in contact with untreated meat.

MAF Investigator Simon Anderson says the regulations were introduced to prevent and control the spread of animal diseases exotic to New Zealand.

“Feeding meat and food waste to pigs is a risk to our livestock industries. Foot and Mouth disease and African swine fever are diseases pigs could get if they consume infected meat”.

The Regulations require meat and food waste that has come into contact with meat to be ‘treated’ before it is fed to pigs. In practice this means such waste must be boiled at 100 degrees Celsius for one hour, stirring frequently, to destroy any disease causing bacteria and virus that may be present.

MAF carries out unannounced inspections on a nationwide basis. Anyone found feeding non-compliant food waste to pigs may be fined a maximum of $5,000, companies may be fined up to $15,000.

“Helping keep New Zealand animals free of exotic diseases is everyone’s responsibility and safeguarding the health and welfare of pigs is of particular importance to farmers and owners.

“Food waste collectors also need to be aware of and comply with the regulations. If you are a food waste generator, it would be wise to obtain a guarantee from your collector that any food waste containing meat will not be fed to pigs unless treated beforehand.

Gary Anderson, the holder of a waste feeding contract, had been collecting waste from a number of sources. MAF found upon inspection that Mr Anderson had a cooker but was not using it as required.

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Lisa Gibbison
Communications Advisor
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ)
Phone: 04 9894 0432 / 029 894 0432
Email: lisa.gibbison@maf.govt.nz

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