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Proposed chapter 5 of the Operational code petfood processing

Update – 15 February 2018

The 5 Chapters of the Operational Code: Petfood Processing have been combined into one document.


The Petfood code of practice was written to give guidance on the currently agreed way to meet the regulatory requirements of MPI under the Animal Products Act 1999. However, the code is being rewritten because it's incomplete and out of date with the Animal products specifications for products intended for animal consumption notice 2017.

The new code is called Operational code petfood processing.

MPI sought feedback on the new Chapter 5: Further processing and manufacturing of petfood. This chapter was developed to help petfood manufacturers to comply with the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999. It was developed mainly for petfood manufacturers operating a risk management programme.

Have your say

MPI invited you to comment on the proposed new chapter 5 of the Operational code petfood processing. MPI was particularly interested in your feedback on these questions:

  • Is the level of detail appropriate for the petfood sector?
  • Are the technical aspects correct?
  • Are the procedures practical and achievable for the petfood sector?
  • Are there any areas that need more guidance?


Making a submission

Consultation closed at 5pm on 2 August 2017. 

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