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Proposed Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish for Human Consumption

About this consultation

New Zealand Food Safety is proposing changes to the:

Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish for Human Consumption [PDF, 874 KB]

What is being proposed?

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposes to amend the Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish for Human Consumption under the Animal Products Act 1999.

The amendment proposes to incorporate new requirements to minimise the likelihood of Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) causing illness from consumption of commercially harvested bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS). The amendments include requirements for imposing a Vp management plan on growers and the supply chain, including the triggers for when this plan is required. A table is included, describing what regulatory actions will be taken if cases of vibriosis are linked to growing areas. The table lays out the minimum times that growing area restrictions would be imposed, depending on the number of cases reported.

Other proposed amendments

  • Reclassify a strain of the phytoplankton species Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata from low to high risk. This genus produces domoic acid (DA), the amnesic shellfish poisoning toxin. The cell numbers of the low risk Pseudo-nitzschia species that can be present in seawater before testing BMS flesh for the biotoxin is carried out is also to be eased from 500,000 to 1,000,000 cells per litre, and turgidula is to be removed as it has been reclassified.
  • Change when growing areas are closed due to the detection of biotoxin in BMS flesh to when the levels in Table 3 are met rather than when they are exceeded;
  • Add the toxigenic phytoplankton test method to the list of test methods
  • Update the average monthly maximum temperature statistics (Table 4B) recalculated using data covering the period 2017 to 2022.

Consultation documents

All proposed amendments have been identified in red text in the draft Notice.

Proposed Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish for Human Consumption [PDF, 1.3 MB]

More information about the proposed amendments – Supporting document [PDF, 242 KB]

Making your submission

MPI is particularly interested in your feedback on 3 questions:

  1. Is the level of detail appropriate for the sector?
  2. Are the technical aspects correct?
  3. Are the procedures practical and achievable for the sector?

Email your feedback on the draft Notice by 5pm on 22 April 2022 to animal.products@mpi.govt.nz

We encourage you to use the submissions template [DOCX, 31 KB]

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Proposed Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish for Human Consumption submission
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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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