Animal material depots holding meat and game

If your facility temporarily holds wild, game estate, or farmed-gone-feral animal material, such as carcasses, before it goes to a primary meat processor like an abattoir or butcher, you must meet some food safety requirements.

What animal material depots do

Animal material depots are used to temporarily hold wild, game estate, or farmed-gone-feral animal material (such as carcasses) prior to transfer to a primary processor who will process it.

Animal material depot operators can't process any animal material, but they can:

  • hold
  • chill
  • refrigerate
  • apply protective coverings.

Meeting requirements

If your depot holds animal material intended for human consumption, the requirements you need to meet are set out in the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption. Part 12 is especially relevant.

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

Before you can operate an animal material depot, you must:

You'll need to apply to be relisted every 2 years.

Get verified

Verification must be done by an agency recognised by MPI. A verifier checks that your depot meets requirements.

Find a recognised agency to carry out your verification

Apply to be listed as an animal material depot

Use the AP19 form to apply to become an animal material depot or to renew your listing. You must send your initial verification report with your completed application. Fees for listing are on the form.

AP19 – Application for an animal depot listing [PDF, 982 KB]


Once your animal material depot is listed with MPI, you must have regular verifications by a recognised agency. You can find details of how often you will be verified in the Operational Code: Verification. Schedules 1 and 2 include information on how often animal material depots need to be verified.

Operational Code: Verification [PDF, 508 KB]

Find a listed animal material depot

MPI keeps a list of all animal material depots.

Search the list of animal material depots

Export requirements

There are additional requirements you need to meet if your depot holds animal carcasses that will be exported after processing.

Learn about exporting meat and game

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