Introduction to the National Microbiological Database (NMD) programme
What the National Microbiological Database (NMD) is, and what meat, poultry, ostrich, and emu processors who are part of the programme must do.
What is the NMD?
The National Microbiological Database (NMD) is a mandatory industry programme for New Zealand primary processors of:
- ratites (such as emus).
By regularly collecting and analysing samples from processors, the programme makes sure we have common microbiological standards for food sold overseas and in New Zealand.
Requirements for NMD
The legal requirements that you need to comply with (under the Animal Products Act 1999 and Animal Products Regulations 2000) are set out in the NMD Notice.
- Animal Products (Specifications for National Microbiological Database Programme) Notice [PDF, 1.2 MB]
Registering for NMD
Find out whether you are required to participate and how to register for NMD.
Ongoing NMD requirements
Once registered, you need to know what the requirements you are legally obliged to meet are as an NMD participant.
US E. coli O157:H7 programme
If you are a US listed bovine and/or bobby veal processor, you need to be familiar with this programme information.
Depending on your role, other general industry requirements may also be relevant to you. If you are a food processor, you will also need to refer to the website area for your particular food sector:
Keeping up to date
It’s important to keep up to date with any new or revised NMD information, including requirements, consultations, strategies and other content changes. Subscribe to MPI to receive the latest news by email: