Overview – Poultry & eggs

This page is a quick guide to the legal requirements for poultry, eggs and their products, and to other information in this section of the website. If you're new, this is a good place to start.

Requirements for Poultry & eggs

Poultry and eggs requirements are not the same. However, in general:

  • Poultry farmers and egg producers must comply with the Animal Products Act 1999.
  • Primary processors must comply with the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Food Act 1981.
  • Secondary processors must have a registered Food Control Plan (FCP) under the Food Act, except where they are exporting with an official assurance. In this case, they must have a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP).
  • Petfood operators – see the 'Petfood & inedibles' section of this website

In addition, all finished products intended for human consumption must comply with Parts 1 and 2.2.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Operating under the Food Act

Rules for food businesses are changing – we're moving from the Food Act 1981 to the Food Act 2014. From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must operate under the Food Act.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) will shift to the new Act between 2016 and 2019. Check the timetable to find out when your type of business has to transition.

You may also have to comply with non-food legislation. (See the 'Additional legislation' page in the menu to the left.)

What you will find here

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

For detailed information on the specific requirements you need to comply with, refer to the sub-section that applies to you: Poultry or Eggs.

The remaining sub-sections provide more generic information that applies to both poultry and eggs:

Fees & charges – familiarise yourself with any service-related costs you may be required to pay to MPI.

Registers & lists – look up people and information you'll need to run a foodsafe poultry or eggs business.

Documents – find all documents relating to Poultry & eggs, including legislation.

What's new – check here regularly for important updates relevant to Poultry & eggs.

Other requirements

This section contains requirements specific to Poultry & eggs. You should also refer to the 'General requirements and programmes' section of this website for other requirements that may apply to you.

General requirements and programmes

Keeping up to date

It's important to keep up to date with any new or revised Poultry & eggs information, including requirements, consultations, strategies, and upcoming changes and meetings.

There are different ways to keep up to date - choose the one that works best for you.

  • What's new – Click 'What's new' in the left-hand menu to read the most recent updates to the Poultry & eggs section.
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