Overview of maintenance compounds in animal product processing

Requirements when using detergents, sanitisers and other substances, known as maintenance compounds, for cleaning and maintaining animal product processing facilities and equipment in New Zealand.

Meeting requirements

The term "maintenance compounds" refers to detergents, sanitisers, and other compounds used to clean or maintain facilities and equipment.

If you process dairy or other animal products and are operating under the Animal Products regime, you need approval for the maintenance compounds you use.

If you are using chemicals in other food areas, no approvals are required but you must operate under the Food Standards Code. 

See the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

If you process milk or dairy products under the Animal Products Act, there are certain requirements that apply. Find out more:

Dairy maintenance compounds

If you process non-dairy animal products under the Animal Products Act, there are certain requirements that apply. Find out more:

Non-dairy maintenance compounds

Related information

Requirements specific to maintenance compounds are contained in this section. You also need to refer to your food sector in the General requirements and programmes section of this website to find general food safety requirements that may apply to you.

General requirements and programmes

Complying with the Animal Products Act regime

The APA regime for maintenance compounds includes the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 and certain APA Notices. Refer to the following documents to help you meet the requirements of this regime.

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products Act 1999  

Animal Products Act Notices

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