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Proposed operational code post-slaughter activity – Chapter 9 of the Red Meat Code of Practice

Update – 26 March 2018

Code of Practice published

Chapter 9 (Post-slaughter activity) of the Red Meat Code of Practice is published.

This Operational Code is effective from 1 May 2018 and replaces IS6 (Industry Standard 6) Processing of Edible Product.

There is a transition period from 1 May 2018 to 1 January 2019 where operators can follow either COP9 or IS6.

IS6 will be withdrawn on 1 Jan 2019.

Background to consultation

MPI sought feedback on the revised operational code of the Red Meat Code of Practice: Chapter 9 – Post-slaughter activity.

The operational code was written to give guidance on the currently agreed way to meet the regulatory requirements of MPI under the Animal Products Act 1999. The code was being rewritten to reflect any legislative updates and to transfer to the new requirements and guidance template.

It was intended that this new chapter would replace the existing Industry Standard 6. The review of chapter 9 of the code of practice was undertaken by a working group consisting of members from MPI and the red meat sector.

Your views sought

MPI invited you to comment on the proposed Red Meat Code of Practice: Chapter 9 – Post-Slaughter Activity.

MPI was particularly interested in your feedback on these questions:

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

Consultation documents

Related document

Making your submission

Consultation closed at 5pm on 2 February 2018.

Submissions are public information

Note, comments you make in a submission are public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available, unless we have 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 feedback. Reasons might include, 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 require the information be released.