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20 August 1998
The need to develop a policy for home kill and unregulated animal products has arisen in the course of developing the policy for the new Meat/Animal Products Act.
New Meat/Animal Products Act is based on a risk management approach to the delivery of animal products which are "fit for purpose".
One such fitness for purpose would be product that is safe for human consumption. The policy position on unregulated animal product for inclusion in the new Act is preliminary. There is no agreed, final MAF position on the issues and there is no Government position on the issues at this time.
The new Act will cover all animal products both edible and inedible. The new Act also reflects application of "the optimal regulatory model", which is a three tier approach to regulatory activity whereby:
Such a regime will allow Government to:
In order to define the risk management system and ensure its integrity two key issues need to be determined:
As part of the process to determine the above two issues, MAF distributed a discussion paper on unregulated animal product early in July to key industry organisations.
Following submissions, MAF then developed a preliminary policy position. The reason for going back to industry with this preliminary policy position now is because:
As stated above: the policy position on unregulated animal product for inclusion in the new Act is preliminary. Neither MAF nor the Government have an agreed, final MAF position on the issues at this stage. The next step is for MAF to prepare a paper for the Minister to take forward to Cabinet by the end of August.
Following this, the timing and next steps in the policy/legislative process are:
Other factors being taken into account in the process are:
Media inquiries to:
Carole Inkster, MAF Policy (04) 474 4297
Debbie Gee, Director, MAF Communications (04) 474 4258