Commercial hunters and certified wild/game suppliers

If you hunt wild animals or animals from a game estate for supply to a primary processor as regulated meat, these are the requirements you need to meet.

Defining commercial hunters and certified suppliers

You can be a certified supplier of one or both of the following:

  • wild animals – meaning that you hunt wild animals for supply to a primary processor
  • game estate animals – meaning that you hunt animals from a game estate for supply to a primary processor.

Requirements for wild/game estate suppliers

Wild/game estate suppliers who supply meat to a primary processor meet requirements set out in set out in part 13 of the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999.

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products Act 1999 (External website)

Specific requirements are described in a 2004 Notice and its amendments issued under APA . To meet these requirements, you need to:

  • become a certified supplier
  • be listed as a certified supplier of wild/game estate animals with MPI
  • have an operations manual that is approved by the primary processor.

Refer to clauses 42 to 47 of the following Notice for further information.

Animal Products (Specification for Products Intended for Human Consumption) Notice 2013

Becoming a certified supplier

To become a certified supplier you need to pass a MPI certified-supplier test for one or both of the following:

  • wild animals
  • game estate animals.

The test is designed to cover awareness of the food safety risks involved with wild and game estate animals and the controls used to manage these risks.

If you want to sit the test, then approach MPI, using the Key contact email in the panel at the right of the page, or contact the processor you work with. MPI provides a manual which sets out the information that you need to know to pass the test. It also contains information about the format and conditions for the test.

To remain certified, you need to re-sit the test every 2 years.

Guidance Document: Certified Suppliers and Certified Games Estate Suppliers of Wild and Game Estate Animals

Listing as a certified supplier

Once you have passed the test, you can apply to be listed with MPI as a certified supplier of wild/game estate animals to a primary processor.

Use the AP33 application form to apply. It is your responsibility to renew your listing every 2 years.

AP33 – Certified supplier of wild/game estate animals

Once listed, your details are maintained on MPI’s public listing of New Zealand certified suppliers of wild/game estate animals.

Listed certified suppliers of wild/game animals

Developing an operations manual

To be able to supply a primary processor with hunted animal material, you must have an operations manual that is approved by the primary processor. The operations manual contains specific information about how, when and where you get wild or game estate animals that you supply to your processor. You can present it in any format, provided the procedures are clear and easy to follow.

MPI has developed guidance which helps you develop your operations manual.

Certified Suppliers and Certified Game Estate Suppliers of Wild and Game Estate Animals

Verification of your operations manual

It is your responsibility to ensure that your operations manual is accurate and current at all times.

Verifiers from MPI Verification Animal and Food Products (MPI Verification) may check that the information in your manual is correct. They do this either at the processing plant or at your operation – this is called field verification. The costs of verification are met by the primary processor.