Secondary meat processing

If you're a secondary processor of meat products for consumption in New Zealand, you must comply with the Food Act 2014. Learn about the requirements you need to meet.

Defining secondary meat processors

If you process animal product at any stage beyond primary processing (which is defined as slaughter and dressing), then you are considered to be a secondary processor. Retail butchers and smallgoods processors are examples of secondary meat processors.

Complying with the legislation

Secondary meat processors must comply with the Food Act 2014.

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

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