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Production of day-old chicks and hatching eggs within a compartment for export

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is proposing to create a new animal products notice. The proposed notice would allow exporters of day-old chicks and hatching eggs to establish a biosecure compartment which can be certified to be free from particular diseases. The notice is called Regulated Control Scheme – Production of day-old chicks and hatching eggs within a compartment for export.

Your feedback about the proposed notice is welcome. Submissions opened on 12 March and close on 22 April 2024.

Consultation documents

Discussion paper: Production of day-old chicks and hatching eggs within a compartment for export [PDF, 315 KB]

Draft Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Production of day-old chicks and hatching eggs within a compartment for export [PDF, 635 KB]

What is being proposed?

This proposed notice would issue export requirements and impose a Regulated Control Scheme under the Animal Products Act 1999 on companies choosing to take part in the scheme to administer and provide oversight of listed compartments.

A compartment is a subpopulation with a specific health status. In this case, poultry companies involved in the production of hatching eggs and day-old chicks for export would independently establish a compartment around the part of their company involved with production of hatching eggs and day-old chicks for export.

The compartments would be targeting any or all of these diseases:

  • avian influenza
  • Newcastle disease
  • specified Salmonella serovars (Pullorum and Gallinarum).

It is possible additional diseases will be added later.

The proposed Regulated Control Scheme would include measures related to:

  • listing of compartments
  • requirement for a documented biosecurity management plan
  • physical, spatial, and infrastructural requirements
  • traceability and movement control requirements
  • sanitisation and hygiene requirements
  • verification requirements
  • disease-specific monitoring and surveillance requirements
  • requirements for independent evaluators of biosecurity management systems.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the new notice by 5pm on 22 April 2024 to

Written submissions must be received by MPI before the deadline and can be posted to:

Manager Animal Health and Exports
Animal Health and Welfare Directorate
Agriculture and Investment Services
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington, 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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