Poultry and egg processing introduction
A summary of the legal requirements for poultry and egg producers and processors.
Requirements for poultry and eggs
Poultry farmers and egg producers must comply with the:
- Animal Products Act 1999
- Animal Welfare Act 1999
- Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997.
Farmers must also operate under a Whole Flock Health Scheme
Primary poultry processors
Primary poultry processors (those who slaughter and dress poultry) must operate under the Animal Products Act 1999.
Secondary poultry processors
Secondary poultry processors (those who process poultry meat beyond slaughter and dressing) exporting with an official assurance must have a registered risk management programme (RMP) under the Animal Products Act 1999.
If they're supplying the New Zealand market only, they can operate under either a registered RMP, or a food control plan (FCP) under the Food Act 2014.
All poultry and egg products intended for human consumption must also comply with Chapter 1 and Parts 2.2.1 (for meat) of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Producers and processors must also take part in monitoring programmes.
Exporters of eggs and poultry meat
You'll need to meet export requirements.
Fees and charges
We recover costs from the poultry and egg industry for essential services we provide, including registration, maintaining standards, and ensuring compliance.
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Who to contact
If you have questions about poultry and egg processing, email firstname.lastname@example.org