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Proposed Animal Products Operational Code: Verification Statement


6 December 2019 – new operational code

The new operational code will be effective from 1 March 2020. The operational code updates the 2005 Verification Statement of Policy and includes requirements for dairy.

Operational Code: Verification [PDF, 508 KB]

Summary of submissions and guidance

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has also released a summary of submissions received during the consultation and a summary of amendments and implementation guidance document.

Summary of submissions [PDF, 559 KB]

Summary of amendments and implementation guidance [PDF, 343 KB]

27 November 2018 – new document available

Since the consultation opened, a related document was added – a summary of the current verification frequencies used in the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Food Act 2014.

See related document


MPI sought feedback on the proposed Operational Code: Verification Statement.

The Verification Statement outlined requirements for verifications of domestic animal material and product businesses. The proposed Verification Statement updated the 2005 Verification Statement of Policy and included requirements for dairy.

The consultation closed on 20 December 2018.

Consultation documents

Draft Animal Products Operational Code: Verification Statement [PDF, 605 KB]

Discussion document: Proposed Operational Code – Verification Statement [PDF, 380 KB]

Related document

Summary of verification frequencies for animal product and food businesses – 2018 [PDF, 247 KB]

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless there is a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission (such as commercial sensitivity or personal information). MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision MPI makes to withhold information can, however, be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. Unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission, MPI will consider that you have consented to its publication.