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