Proposed Animal Products Notice: Draft Specifications for National Microbiological Database Programme
About the proposed amendments
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposes to amend the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for National Microbiological Database Programme.
The National Microbiological Database Programme (NMD) is a standardised microbiological sampling and testing programme. It provides ongoing monitoring of microbiological process control across all industry participants.
The purpose of the proposed amendments to this notice is to assist with implementation of MPI’s new public health goal announced on 9 March 2020 to reduce foodborne campylobacteriosis by 20% by the end of 2024.
The proposed amendment to this notice includes the following changes to be applied by poultry premises processing meat chickens:
- Inclusion of Campylobacter caecal sampling and testing of the first cut meat chickens from sheds processed each production day with results reported to the NMD database such that the level of contaminated flocks entering primary processing can be estimated.
- Changes to the Campylobacter Performance Target (CPT) for meat chickens as an interim performance target for 2021-2022 with the purpose of generating reduction in contamination during primary processing of meat chickens.
Have your say
MPI invites you to comment on the consultation document – Animal Products Notice: Draft Specifications for National Microbiological Database Programme.
MPI is particularly interested in your feedback on these questions:
- Is the level of detail appropriate for the poultry sector?
- Are the technical aspects correct?
- Are there any areas that need more guidance?
Making your submission
Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 5 February 2021 to NationalMicrobiological.Database@mpi.govt.nz
While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:
NMD Notice Submission
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
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