New legal requirements for homekill and recreational catch service providers

3 November 1999

Homekill and recreational catch service providers need to be registered under the Animal Products Act 1999, which commenced on Monday (1 November 1999).

Homekill and recreational catch service providers offer services to farmers and other animal owners, such as slaughter, dressing and processing of animals, and includes itinerant slaughtermen. These are now required to be listed with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and have a maximum six months (until 30 April 2000) in which to do so.

Listing with MAF will enable the Ministry to keep in contact with those involved in homekill and recreational catch activities.

Tony Zohrab, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Director, Animal Products, says homekill and recreational catch service providers cannot trade in animal product that is for human consumption. The product has not been processed through the regulated system and as such there are no Government assurances in regard to the quality of the meat produced. The animal owner and homekill and recreational catch provider accept any and all risks.

The Animal Products Act does allow animal owners, actively engaged in the day to day maintenance of their animals, to slaughter and consume their own meat.

Homekill meat can only be used by the animal's owner, their family or household and those workers actively involved in the day to day running of the farm. The homekill service may be provided on either the animal owner's property or the service provider's property. It remains an offence to trade or sell homekill meat. All meat on sale in New Zealand must be processed through the regulated system.

Dual operator butchers are those dealing in regulated animal product and handling homekill on the same premises. Since Monday, all custom killing premises (formerly under the Meat Act 1981) are deemed to be homekill and recreational catch service providers, and are recognised as such under the Animal Products Act.

"Dual operator butchers will eventually have to have risk management programmes in place. This is to provide greater food safety assurances and safeguard against the risks associated with regulated product and homekill product being processed on the same site," says Dr Zohrab.

The Animal Products Act 1999 covers the production and processing of nearly all animal products. The Act will deliver food safety assurances, advance New Zealand's export competitiveness and has the potential to save the country millions per annum.

The Act, in most parts, commenced on Monday (1 November 1 1999). It will eventually repeal the outdated Meat Act 1981 and the Apiaries Act regime. The Act will be implemented over a three-year transitional period – until 31 October 2002.

The three-year transitional period will enable regulations to be drafted and allow industry time to comply with the new Act.

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 Game) Phone: 04 474 4270



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