Codes of practice for seafood

Three codes of practice (COPs) support seafood businesses to meet food safety requirements for rendering and processing seafood products under the Animal Products Act 1999.

The COPs supporting seafood businesses to meet food safety requirements are for:

  • processing of seafood products
  • further processing
  • rendering.

Processing of seafood products COP

If you're a primary or secondary processor, the COP for processing seafood products provides guidance to help you meet food safety requirements.

The COP is closely aligned with or comparable to the requirements of a risk management programme (RMP) and will help you:

  • meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999
  • produce seafood products for human consumption that are safe and suitable for their intended purpose
  • meet the requirements for the development, registration and implementation of an RMP.

The New Zealand Seafood Standards Council developed the Processing of seafood products COP in consultation with MPI and the seafood industry. It was introduced in 2011, replacing the industry-agreed implementation standards (IAIS).

Find out about the food safety requirements in the Processing of seafood products COP: 

Benefits of using the Processing of seafood products COP

If you follow the processing of seafood products COP, you should benefit by:

  • complying with current best practice or acceptable industry practices and procedures
  • meeting regulatory requirements
  • having simpler evaluation and external verification procedures for your RMP
  • managing the risks of foodborne diseases, including listeriosis.

Further processing COP

This COP was developed to help secondary processors producing products for human consumption to meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999 (APA). It contains guidance for good operating practices (GOP) for a range of secondary processing operations.

Find out about the requirements for secondary processing:

Rendering COP

This COP applies to businesses producing rendered animal products intended for animal consumption. MPI developed the Rendering COP in consultation with industry to:

  • help operators meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999
  • produce animal products that are safe and suitable for their purpose
  • prevent animal material and animal product that is not fit for human consumption from entering the human food chain.

Find out about the requirements for rendered animal products:

Learn more about the legal requirements for businesses producing rendered animal products:

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