Bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) post-harvest operators

If you do post-harvest operations, depending on your business, compliance may include the Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) and risk management programmes (RMPs).

The legal requirements for BMS post-harvest treatment operations are outlined in two Notices. Find out which of these applies to your operation:

Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice [PDF, 1.1 MB] 

Relay operators

Relay operators transfer BMS from one growing area to another. BMS is often relayed to another ambient coastal marine area or a land-based aquaculture facility, to reduce the occurrence of pathogens or other contaminants.

Details of the responsibilities and requirements are given in the Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shelfish) Notice. The most important section is: Part 9 – Relaying BMS.

The key points you need to know to relay BMS are that:

  • the growing area you move the BMS to needs to be appropriately classified
  • you must develop relay operating procedures
  • you must have a relay permit issued by an MPI Animal Product Officer.

Applying for a permit to relay BMS

You need to complete the form AP42 to apply for an annual permit. For your application, you will need to document your relay operating procedures and send this document with the form to your Animal Products Officer.

Contact details and charges associated with registration are provided on the forms.

AP42: Application for Permit to Operate as a Relay Operator [PDF, 281 KB] 

Sorting shed and depot operators

Sorting sheds and depots have different purposes, although the food safety requirements for them are the same.

Sorting shed is a building or structure where BMS are handled directly after harvesting and before being transported to a processor, wholesaler or retailer. The BMS are first sorted, to enable separation for farm management, wet storage, relaying or culling.

BMS depot is a refrigerated container unit or other building or structure used for holding BMS in a temperature-controlled environment before they are transported to a processor, wholesaler or retailer. Sorting shed operations can occur at the depot.

Details of your responsibilities and requirements are given in the Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice. The most important section is:

  • Part 12 – Sorting sheds and BMS depots.

To comply, you will need to:

  • list your depot or shed
  • get a verification report prepared by an MPI Animal Product Officer.

Listing as a sorting shed or depot operator

To apply for listing as an authorised sorting shed or depot, you need to complete the appropriate form and send it to MPI. You also need to supply the verification report with your application.

Contact details and charges associated with registration are provided on the forms.

AP44: Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Depot Operator Listing [DOC, 416 KB]

AP45: Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Sorting Shed Operator Listing [PDF, 292 KB]

AP45: Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Sorting Shed Operator Listing [DOC, 416 KB] 

List of sorting sheds and depots

MPI keeps a list of sorting sheds and depot operators that are authorised to sort and hold BMS for commercial purposes.

List of Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Shed Operators  

List of Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Depot Operators

Depuration operators

Depuration or purification is the process of reducing pathogens or other contaminants that may be present in BMS by placing them in tanks or some other managed aquatic environment.

If you're a depuration operator, you need to meet requirements under the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption. This means you must operate under a risk management programme (RMP).

Learn about RMPs:

RMPs for seafood

Wet storage operators

Wet storage is the temporary storage and transfer of BMS intended for retail, wholesale or processing.

The BMS is moved from one growing area to another growing area or land-based facility for the purposes of desanding (removing sand), conditioning or storage before sale.

Details of your responsibilities and requirements are provided in the Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice. The most important sections are:

  • Part 10 – wet storage of BMS

Operators undertaking wet storage on land must operate under an RMP and comply with the relevant sections of the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption.

Learn about RMPs:

RMPs for seafood 

Transport operators for BMS

Transport operators transport BMS by road, rail, sea or air from the growing area to the primary processor.

Details of your responsibilities and requirements are provided in the Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice. The most important section is:

  • Part 13 – Transporting BMS.

This includes the requirements to:

  • list your vehicles
  • get a verification report prepared by an MPI Animal Product Officer.

Listing as a transport operator

To apply for listing as an authorised transport operator, you need to complete Form AP46 and send it to MPI Approvals. With your application, you also need to supply the verification report prepared for each transport vehicle by an MPI Animal Product Officer.

Contact details and charges associated with registration are provided on the forms.

AP46: Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Transport Operator Listing [PDF, 290 KB] 

List of transport operators

Under the regulations of the BMS RCS, MPI keeps a list of operators that are authorised to transport BMS for commercial purposes.

List of Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Transport Operators

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