Commercial hunters and certified wild or game meat suppliers
Commercial hunters must follow the Animal Products Act if they supply wild or game estate meat to a primary processor, like a slaughterhouse or butcher, as regulated meat. They may also become an MPI-certified wild or game meat supplier by demonstrating food safety knowledge.
Defining commercial hunters and certified suppliers
You can be a certified supplier of one or both of the following:
- wild animals – meaning that you hunt wild animals for supply to a primary processor
- game estate animals – meaning that you hunt animals from a game estate for supply to a primary processor.
Requirements for wild/game estate suppliers
Wild/game estate suppliers who supply meat to a primary processor need to meet requirements set out in Part 13 of the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999.
Specific requirements are described in a Notice issued under the APA. To meet these requirements, you need to:
- become a certified supplier
- be listed with MPI as a certified supplier of wild/game estate animals
- have an operations manual that is approved by the primary processor.
Refer to clauses 42 to 47 of the following Notice for further information.
- Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption [PDF, 2.7 MB]
- Coversheet [PDF, 74 KB]
- Quick reference table for old and new clause numbering [PDF, 131 KB]
Becoming a certified supplier
To become a certified supplier, you need to pass MPI's certified supplier test for one or both of the following:
- wild animals
- game estate animals.
The test is designed to cover awareness of the food safety risks involved with wild and game estate animals and the controls used to manage these risks.
If you want to sit the test, contact either MPI or the processor you work with.
MPI provides a guidance document that sets out the information you need to pass the test. It also contains information about the format and conditions of the test.
To remain certified, you need to re-sit the certified supplier test every 2 years.
Listing as a certified supplier
Once you have passed the test, you can apply to be listed with MPI as a certified supplier of wild/game estate animals to a primary processor.
Use the AP33 application form to apply. It is your responsibility to renew your listing every 2 years.
- AP33 – Certified supplier of wild/game estate animals [PDF, 300 KB]
- AP33 – Certified supplier of wild/game estate animals [DOC, 399 KB]
Once listed, your details are maintained on MPI’s public listing of New Zealand certified suppliers of wild/game estate animals.
Developing an operations manual
To be able to supply a primary processor with hunted animal material, you must have an operations manual that is approved by the primary processor. The operations manual contains specific information about how, when, and where you get wild or game estate animals that you supply to your processor. You can present it in any format, provided the procedures are clear and easy to follow.
Refer to guidance that can help you develop your operations manual:
Verification of your operations manual
It is your responsibility to ensure that your operations manual is accurate and current at all times.
Verifiers from MPI Verification Animal and Food Products (MPI Verification) may check that the information in your manual is correct. They do this either at the processing plant or at your operation – this is called field verification. The costs of verification are met by the primary processor.
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