Meat processing hygiene, maintenance and cleaning products
If you process non-dairy animal products, such as meat and game, under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999, you must meet hygiene standards for your equipment and environment. You may use only approved cleaning and sanitising products, known as maintenance compounds.
You must meet requirements for maintaining the hygiene of the processing environment (Regulation 11 of the Animal Products Regulations 2000).
If you process non-dairy animal product or material for human consumption, you must use approved maintenance compounds according to the conditions imposed by MPI. You must comply with the relevant parts of the Approved maintenance compounds manual (non-dairy) and the related notice:
- Approved maintenance compounds manual (non-dairy) [PDF, 631 KB]
- Approved Maintenance Compounds Notice 2007 [PDF, 58 KB]
If you process non-dairy animal product or material for animal consumption, you have 2 ways to meet maintenance compounds requirements:
- You can use approved maintenance compounds according to the conditions imposed both by MPI and by the manufacturer.
- You can determine that the compounds used according to the manufacturer's instructions will not adversely affect the product's suitability for processing or fitness for intended purpose.
If you choose option 1, you must comply with the relevant parts of the Approved maintenance compounds manual (non-dairy).
MPI maintains a list that will give you summary information on all approved non-dairy maintenance compounds.
Getting an approval
All of the relevant information you need for approval is available in the Approved maintenance compounds manual and the related notice. These describe the types of compounds that require specific evaluation and approval, the process of obtaining approval, and the conditions under which approval will be given.
Find out more
For further information about maintenance compounds, refer to