Dual operator butcher requirements

Dual operator butchers are retail butchers who sell regulated animal products and also process homekill or recreational catch. Find out about the rules for dual operator butchers.

What is a dual operator butcher?

You're a dual operator butcher (DOB) if you do both of these in the same premises or place:

  • operate a retail butchery
  • process (but don't sell) homekill or recreational catch.

Our guidance document has more information about the meaning of the words "same premises or place".

Homekill: Activities occurring at the “same premises or place” [PDF, 96 KB]

Preventing cross-contamination

Preventing cooked or ready-to-eat foods from becoming contaminated by other activities in your shop is your most important food safety activity.

Cross-contamination can happen in several ways, such as when:

  • there's direct contact between cooked and raw meat
  • cooked food is placed on dirty surfaces
  • someone touches cooked food after handling raw product.

Preventing cross-contamination in butcher shops [PDF, 503 KB]

Legal requirements of dual operator butchers

Dual operator butchers must:

  • develop and operate under a verified risk management programme, and
  • be listed with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) as a homekill and recreational catch service provider.

Find out more

Animal Products Act 1999 – NZ Legislation

Animal Products Regulations 2000 – NZ Legislation

Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Food standards code

Dual operator butchers also need to meet standards under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. This applies to all food. Refer to Parts 1 and 2.2.1 for requirements that apply to dual operator butchers.

Food Standards Code – Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Developing your risk management programme

To develop a risk management programme (RMP) you can either use the template we've made, or write your own plan.

Using our template

We've provided a template to help you develop an RMP. You can download this as a PDF or Word document.

Risk management programme template for dual operator butchers [PDF, 437 KB]

Risk management programme template for dual operator butchers [DOCX, 231 KB]

Template attachments

Depending on what your business does, you may also need to also fill out one (or more) of the template attachments.

Attachment U – Listeria management procedures for wholesale butchers who sell ready-to-eat animal products [PDF, 543 KB]

Attachment V – Listeria testing procedures for wholesale butchers who sell ready-to-eat animal products for consumption by vulnerable populations [PDF, 495 KB]

Attachment W – Meat at stalls [PDF, 284 KB]

Template resource manual and guidance

These documents will help you fill out the template.

Resource manual for the RMP template for dual operator butchers [PDF, 355 KB]

Guidance document: How to use attachment U [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Writing  your own plan

You can choose to write your own RMP, or get a consultant to help you write one.

List of food consultants

If you don't use our template, you'll need to get your plan evaluated by a recognised RMP evaluator. You can search for one in the register.

Register of recognised agencies, persons, and laboratories under the Animal Product Act 1999, Food Act 2014, and Wine Act 2003

Registering your risk management programme

Once you've finished developing your RMP, complete the application form.

Application form AP4: Registration of risk management programme [PDF, 712 KB]

Make sure you tick the box in Section 3 of the form. This makes sure you're added to our register of listed homekill and recreational catch service providers.

Listed homekill and recreational catch service providers

Getting your risk management programme verified

Your RMP needs to be verified by a recognised agency. Only MPI Verification Services is recognised to verify this sector. To contact them, email vstechnicalteam@mpi.govt.nz

Find out more

Homekill and recreational catch meat or game

Risk management programmes

Who to contact

If you have questions about dual operator butchers, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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