Requirements for bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) growing, harvesting and processing

Food safety requirements when growing, harvesting, and processing bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS), such as pipi, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops.

If you grow, harvest, process, store or transport BMS for human consumption, the Animal Products Act and BMS Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) apply.

The requirements for different types of operation are briefly described below.

Find out more about the requirements for your type of operation:

You may also need to find out about the general requirements and programmes for the food sector, exporting seafood, fisheries, and aquaculture.

Requirements for BMS growers and harvesters

If you grow or harvest BMS for commercial purposes on marine farms or land-based farms, or harvest from the wild, you need to meet food safety requirements.

Learn about the food safety requirements for growers and harvesters of BMS:

Requirements for BMS operators

Food safety requirements for BMS operators are described in the Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice. You must comply with these specifications if you are a:

  • commercial harvest operator
  • relay operator
  • sorting shed operator
  • depot operator
  • wet storage operator
  • transport operator.

Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice [PDF, 1.1 MB] 

Requirements for BMS processors

The processing of BMS includes primary and secondary processing, as well as land-based wet storage and depuration (cleansing).

Processors must operate in premises that have a registered risk management plan (RMP). Learn about the requirements for processing seafood:

Regulated Control Scheme for bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS RCS)

BMS operators must meet requirements of the BMS RCS. This RCS consists of Regulations and a related Notice.

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