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".
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
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.
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.
Depending on what your business does, you may also need to also fill out one (or more) of the template attachments.
Attachment W – Meat at stalls [PDF, 284 KB]
Template resource manual and guidance
These documents will help you fill out the template.
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.
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.
Registering your risk management programme
Once you've finished developing your RMP, complete the application form.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Who to contact
If you have questions about dual operator butchers, email email@example.com