Update – 11 February 2021
This consultation closed on 27 July 2020.
The new guidance document will be effective from 9 February 2021. It revokes and replaces the current guidance document on further processing.
Section 7: High pressure processing has been included in the new further processing guidance document.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has also released a summary of submissions received during the consultation.
Chapter 7 of the Further processing guidance document has been developed to assist processors of animal products (non-dairy) to meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act. The chapter is about high-pressure processing. It outlines aspects that processors of products subject to high-pressure processing should consider when developing and validating these processes, and when they commence routine processing. This guidance can also be used by recognised evaluators and verifiers when checking the adequacy of these processes.
MPI has updated the chapter of the Further processing guidance document that deals with high-pressure processing and asked for your feedback. We were particularly interested in your answers to these questions:
- Is the level of detail appropriate?
- Are the technical aspects correct?
- Are the procedures practical and achievable?
- Are there areas that need more guidance?
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. That is explained in 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.