Animal material depots holding meat
Find out the requirements that animal material depots must meet when temporarily holding wild animal material before it's transferred to a primary processor.
What animal material depots do
Animal material depots are used to temporarily hold wild, game estate, or farmed-gone-feral animal carcasses prior to their transfer to a primary processor who will process them for human consumption.
Animal material depot operators cannot process any animal material, but they can
- apply protective coverings.
If your depot holds animal material intended for human consumption, the requirements you need to meet are set out in the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption. Part 12 is especially relevant.
- Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption [PDF, 2.7 MB]
- Coversheet [PDF, 74 KB]
- Quick reference for old and new clause numbering [PDF, 131 KB]
Verifying and listing animal material depots
Before you can operate an animal material depot that holds wild, game estate, or farmed-gone-feral mammals, you must:
- undergo an initial verification by a recognised agency
- apply to be listed with MPI.
Once listed, you must have regular verifications by a recognised agency. You'll need to apply to be relisted every 2 years.
Verification must be done by an agency recognised by MPI. A verifier checks that your depot meets requirements.
Apply to be listed as an animal materal depot
Use the AP19 form to apply to become an animal material depot or to renew your listing. You must send your initial verification report with your completed application. Fees for listing are on the form.
- AP19 – Application for an animal depot listing [PDF, 165 KB]
Verification requirements and frequency
The Verification 2005 Statement of Policy provides verification requirements for depots holding animal materials and products (except dairy, live animals, and germplasm). Check how regularly your animal material depot needs to be verified in Schedules 1 and 2.
Find a listed animal material depot
MPI keeps a list of all animal material depots.
There are additional requirements you need to meet if your depot holds animal carcasses that, after processing, will be exported.
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