Overview – Petfood & inedibles

Get an overview of requirements for manufacturing petfood, rendering for animal consumption, exporting inedible animal products like hides, skins and wool, and how to use the information in this section. If you're new, this is a good place to start.


The requirements your operation needs to comply with depend on the type of activity being undertaken. The legislation that applies in each situation is summarised below. To understand the impact this has on your operation, and to ensure that you are complying, refer to the relevant pages within this Petfood & inedibles section.

Legislation – petfood

All petfood manufacturers must comply with the requirements for oral nutritional compounds (ONC) under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997.

Petfood manufacturers who slaughter and dress animals (primary processors) or produce petfood intended for export requiring official assurances from MPI are required to:

  • operate under a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP)
  • comply with the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999.

In addition, petfood manufacturers that process petfood containing animal material resulting from the death of the source animal (for example, red meat, offal, poultry or fish) are usually required to meet obligations set out in the current Animal Products (Specifications for Products Intended for Animal Consumption) Notice under the APA.

Legislation – rendered animal products

All rendering operators producing animal products for animal consumption need to comply with requirements of the APA regime, including related regulations and specifications. This includes operating under an RMP.

Renderers of mammal and bird material must operate under an RMP, even where the product is not intended for human or animal consumption.

Legislation – other inedible animal products

Exporters of products made from animal materials that are not for human or animal consumption must meet any Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) of the destination country. In some circumstances, this means complying with obligations set out in the Animal Products (Official Assurance Specifications) Notice 2005 and the Animal Products (Export Approved Premises) Notice 2006 under the APA.

Note: There are no specific legal requirements for inedible animal products manufactured and sold within New Zealand.

What you will find here

This Petfood & inedibles section of the website is split into various sub-sections. Use the menu on the left to find your way around.

For detailed information on the specific Petfood & inedible requirements you need to comply with, refer to the sub-sections below that apply to your situation. These are based on the type of activity you undertake.

  • Manufacturing petfood
  • Rendered animal products
  • Other inedible animal products

Further sub–sections provide more generic information relevant to all types of Petfood & inedibles:

  • Registers & lists – Get access to registers & lists including details on further (petfood) processors, petfood competency and registered RMPs within the Petfood, rendering and inedibles sectors.
  • Documents – Find a full list of documents relating to Petfood & inedibles.
  • What's new – Check this page regularly for important updates relating to Petfood & inedibles.

Related information

Only requirements specific to Petfood & inedibles are contained in this section. You also need to refer to the General requirements and programmes section of this website to find general food safety requirements that apply to you and operators in other sectors.

General requirements & programmes

Keeping up to date

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