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Proposed Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products

UPDATE – 31 May 2019

Final operational code issued

Processing of Seafood Products – Operational Code


The Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products was developed to assist seafood processors to meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999. This Operational Code will replace Parts 1 and 2 of the Seafood Code of Practice (COP) that was introduced in 2011. The COP has been updated to:

  • align with changes to the legislation
  • combine existing parts into 1 document
  • align its format with MPI’s standardised template.

The COP is being updated in stages. Work will commence updating Part 3 and the Risk Management Programme models once the updates to Parts 1 and 2 have been finalised. 

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) asked for your feedback on the draft Operational Code: Processing of Seafood Products. Additions to the existing COP were in red while any deletions had been removed.

MPI was particularly interested in your feedback on:

  • whether you would prefer the mandatory requirements to be copied into the Operational Code (the approach used in the draft for consultation), or whether you'd prefer they be replaced with a link to the legal document that contains the mandatory requirements?
  • the level of detail – is it appropriate?
  • the technical aspects – are they correct?
  • the procedures – are they practical and achievable?
  • any areas that need more guidance.

Consultation document

Submissions closed at 5pm on 19 November 2018.

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