Proposed Animal Products Notice: Specifications for bivalve molluscan shellfish for human consumption

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Contact: Animal products team



The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposes to amend and replace the Animal Products (Specifications for bivalve molluscan shellfish) Notice 2006 with the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) for human consumption.

The purpose of this proposed Notice is to:

  • specify the requirements for BMS for human consumption
  • amplify the general standards in the Animal products (regulated control scheme – bivalve molluscan shellfish) regulations 2006
  • improve clarity and to confirm the requirements and expectations for BMS operators
  • reflect any legislative updates
  • transfer to the new MPI requirements format.

The review of the Notice also considered:

  1. the report, Improving the management of risk of human enteric viruses in shellfish at harvest to revise sections on the annual review and evaluation of BMS growing areas
  2. advances in scientific knowledge for marine biotoxins and phytoplankton
  3. the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for laboratories
  4. updates in the USA shellfish sanitation programme.

Have your say

MPI invites you to comment on the proposed Notice. We're particularly interested in your feedback on these questions:

  1. Is the level of detail appropriate for the seafood sector?
  2. Are the technical aspects correct?
  3. Are the procedures practical and achievable for the seafood sector?
  4. Are there any areas that need more guidance? [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Consultation documents

Related documents

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on Friday 27 October 2017 to

We encourage you to use the submissions template:

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

RCS for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Submission
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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