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Proposed guidance documents on further processing of animal products (non-dairy)

Update – 3 December 2018

Following the consultation that closed on 6 July 2018, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 (Part 1) of the revised Further processing: Guidance document has been published. The previously published section on heat has also been incorporated. As we got limited feedback during this consultation, a summary of submissions was not prepared.


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought feedback on proposed guidance documents:

  1. Further processing: Overview
  2. Further processing: Commercial sterilisation

Further Processing: Overview has been developed to replace Parts 1 and 2 of the Further Processing Code of Practice. It describes the purpose, scope, and application of the guidance document and highlights the requirements for further processors under the Animal Products Act 1999. The document also provides useful information for operators to determine which regulatory regime they should operate under.

Further Processing: Commercial Sterilisation, has been updated to provide further guidance on meeting the regulatory requirements. The guidance applies to the commercial sterilisation of non-dairy animal products, primarily meat, poultry, and seafood (for example, canned meals such as lamb casserole, canned pāua, and canned pet food). It is intended to outline the factors for operators to consider in the development and validation of commercial sterilisation processes, and for recognised evaluators and verifiers when checking the adequacy of risk-based management programmes.

MPI invited you to comment on the documents.

MPI was particularly interested in your feedback on these questions:

  1. Is the level of detail appropriate?
  2. Are the technical aspects correct?
  3. Are the procedures practical and achievable?
  4. Are there any areas that need more guidance?

Consultation documents

Note: Changes to Further Processing: Commercial Sterilisation are highlighted in yellow in the document.

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 have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it (refer to sections 6 and 9 of the OIA).

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.