Documents for food safety in egg processing and production
Food safety documents for egg processing, including codes of practice, risk management programme templates, manuals and guidelines.
For Acts and most Regulations and Orders, see the New Zealand Legislation website:
Codes of practice, templates, and plans
Template for egg producers required to register a risk management programme before starting production:
The group of organisms comprising a large number of different serotypes of the species Salmonella enterica:
- Microbial pathogen data sheets: Non-typhoid Salmonellae [PDF, 302 KB]
Manuals and guidelines
Food labelling requirements for eggs and egg products [PDF, 520 KB]
Labelling and selling eggs in their shells (shell eggs) [PDF, 407 KB]
Egg legislation roadmap [PDF, 1.1 MB]
The Operational Code: Verification describes the expectations for recognised agencies and recognised persons performing external verification under the Animal Products Act 1999 (APA).
This Operational Code only applies to businesses that are:
- producing animal material or products, other than live animals and germplasm, and
- producing animal material or products for domestic sale, or export without an official assurance.
Operational Code: Verification [PDF, 508 KB]
Risk profile: Salmonella (Non-typhoidal) in and on eggs (2004) [PDF, 867 KB] [PDF, 2.6 MB]
Specifications and Notices
Animal Products Notice: Contaminant Specifications [PDF, 748 KB]
The RMP template for eggs has been reviewed to update current legislative requirements and to transfer it into the new 'Know, Do, Show and Reference' format based on a plain English approach.
The revised format clearly sets out what the operators need to know, what they need to do, records they need to show to their verifier and a reference section on the relevant regulatory requirements.
The template reflects the new Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption that came into force on the 2 December 2019. The RMP template for harvesting, candling or packing eggs came into effect on 3 February 2020. Operators are expected to be implementing the new template. Your verifier will check compliance of your transition to the new revised RMP template for harvesting, candling or packing eggs on the next scheduled verification visit.