Poultry processing food safety requirements

If you farm poultry for meat processing, or process, sell, or export poultry products, you must meet legal requirements for food safety and suitability.

Requirements for poultry farmers and processors

New Zealand's poultry industry is regulated by 4 food-related laws:

  • Agricultural Compound and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997
  • Animal Products Act 1999
  • Food Act 2014
  • Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Find out what you need to do

Use this table to find the legal requirements that apply to your business's activities.

If you're a... you must comply with... ...under this legislation

poultry farmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

documented Whole Flock Health Scheme (WFHS)

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

requirements for vaccinations, medicines, and feeds (under the WFHS)

Agricultural Compound and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997

animal welfare requirements (under the WFHS)

Animal Welfare Act 1999

primary processor (slaughter and dressing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a registered risk management programme (RMP)

Animal Products Act 1999

microbiological testing requirements

Animal Products Notice: Specifications for National Microbiological Database Programme [PDF, 1.2 MB]

visual examination requirements before and after slaughter

Animal Products Notice: Specifications for the Ante-mortem And Postmortem Examination of Poultry Intended for Human or Animal Consumption [PDF, 320 KB]

Standard 2.2.1: Meat and Meat Products

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC)

labelling and composition requirements for products

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC)

secondary processor (including cutting up, deboning, cooking, packaging)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

general safety and suitability requirements – registered FCP or RMP

Food Act 2014 or Animal Products Act 1999

Standard 2.2.1: Meat and Meat Products

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC)

labelling and composition requirements for products

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC)

secondary processor as well as a primary processor

 

 

RMP (for primary processing) and RMP or FCP (for secondary processing)

Animal Products Act 1999 or Food Act 2014  (for the secondary processing operations)

secondary processor who exports with an official assurance

 

RMP

Animal Products Act 1999

Find out more

Our poultry sector roadmap has more details.

Poultry legislation roadmap [PDF, 1.1 MB]

You may need to comply with other laws

Other legislation you may need to comply with includes:

This list is not complete – ask your industry association for further advice.

PIANZ (Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand)

Requirements for products for human consumption

If you produce products for human consumption, these must comply with Part 1 and 2.2.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Food Standards Code – FSANZ

Requirements for pet food and animal feed

If you make pet food or animal feed, there are additional requirements apply to your business.

Find out about pet food, animal feed, and nutritional supplements

Preventing food-borne disease from poultry

If you're a poultry farmer, processor, wholesaler, or retailer, or in the food service industry, you need to know how to reduce levels of harmful bacteria in the poultry products you make or sell.

The Ministry for Primary Industries' risk management strategies and programmes aim to reduce food-borne illnesses caused by:

We carry out audits and scientific studies to help find where contamination can occur. We then develop measures to manage these pathogens throughout the food chain.

Find out more about our research and risk management work to prevent food-borne illnesses:

Food safety and suitability research

Who to contact

If you have questions about poultry processing, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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