Homekill, hunting, game, and wild meat food safety requirements
If you hunt, provide commercial homekill services, or supply wild meat to a primary meat processor like a freezing works or butcher, you must meet some food safety requirements.
Under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999, if your catch is for human or animal consumption and you trade it, then it is a commercial catch. Trade includes:
- supplying as part of a contract
- supplying as part of a charge for another product or service
- using for advertising purposes, as a prize, or for fundraising.
Meat from wild animals can only be traded if the hunter and the person supplying the meat to the primary processor are certified. This ensures that collection, hygiene, and processing of hunted animal products is controlled and monitored before the product reaches the consumer.
Homekill and recreational catch service providers
Homekill and recreational catch service providers provide slaughter and/or processing services to:
- animal owners for homekill
- hunters, fishers, or other harvesters for recreational catch.
Their services include the dressing and butchering of killed animals.
A game estate is a place where animals are kept – all or some of the time – for the purpose of providing opportunities for people to hunt or catch them as recreational catch, as if in the wild.
Commercial hunters and certified wild animal or game suppliers
This category applies to you if you:
- hunt wild animals for supply to a primary processor as regulated meat
- hunt animals on a game estate for supply to a primary processor.
Food safety information
New Zealand's food safety system ensures that our food is safe and suitable for consumption. MPI is responsible for legislation that covers all aspects of food safety. Find out more about food safety:
- Homekill food safety for animal owners
- Food safety for fishers
- Food safety for hunters
- General food safety legislation