Homekill, hunting, game & wild foods

If you provide commercial homekill services, hunt or supply wild meat to a primary processor, the food safety requirements you meet depend on which activities you are involved in.

Use the definitions on this page to help you identify the food safety requirements that apply to you. Each definition directs you to the requirements you need to meet.

Commercial services

Under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999, if your catch is for human or animal consumption and you trade it, then it is commercial. Trade includes:

  • supplying as part of a contract
  • supplying as part of a charge for another product or service
  • bartering
  • using for advertising purposes, as a prize or for fundraising.

Meat from wild animals can only be traded if the hunter and the person supplying the meat to the primary processor are certified. This ensures that collection, hygiene and processing of hunted animal products is controlled and monitored before the product reaches the consumer.

Homekill & recreational catch service providers

Homekill and recreational catch service providers provide slaughter and/or processing services to:

  • animal owners for homekill
  • hunters, fishers or other harvesters for recreational catch.

Their services include the dressing and butchering of killed animals.

To find the requirements you need to meet, click on Homekill & recreational catch in the left-hand menu.

Game estates

A game estate is a place where animals are kept  – all or some of the time – for the purpose of providing opportunities for people to hunt or catch them as recreational catch as if in the wild.

To find the requirements you need to meet, click on Game estates in the left-hand menu.

Commercial hunters and certified wild animal or game suppliers

This category applies to you if you:

  • hunt wild animals for supply to a primary processor as regulated meat
  • hunt animals on a game estate for supply to a primary processor.

To find the requirements you need to meet, click on Certified wild/game suppliers in the left-hand menu.

General food safety information

On MPI’s FoodSmart website, you can find general information about the food safety risks involved in preparing and eating hunted or homekill meat, or recreational catch.

Hunting, collecting, fishing & homekill (FoodSmart website)