Codes of Practice (COPs) for seafood

Three COPs support seafood businesses to meet food safety requirements for rendering and processing of seafood product under the Animal Products Act 1999.

There are 3 COPs for seafood operators:

  • processing of seafood products COP
  • further processing COP
  • the rendering COP.

Processing of seafood products COP

If you are a primary or secondary processor, the COP for processing of seafood products provides guidance to help you meet food safety requirements.

The COP, which is closely aligned with or comparable to the requirements of a Risk Management Programme (RMP), has been developed to assist you with:

  • meeting the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999
  • producing seafood products for human consumption that are safe and suitable for their intended purpose
  • meeting the requirements for the development, registration and implementation of an RMP.

Processing of Seafood Products - Code of Practice

Benefits of using the processing of seafood products COP

If you follow the processing of seafood products COP, you should benefit by:

  • complying with current best practice or acceptable industry practices and procedures
  • meeting the relevant regulatory requirements
  • having simpler evaluation and external verification procedures for your RMP
  • managing the risks of foodborne diseases, including listeriosis.

How the processing of seafood products COP was developed

The New Zealand Seafood Standards Council, in consultation with MAF (now MPI) and the seafood industry, developed the processing of seafood products COP. It was introduced in 2011 and replaced the industry agreed implementation standards (IAIS) .

Further processing COP

This COP has been developed to assist secondary processors who are producing products for human consumption to meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999 (APA). It contains guidance for Good Operating Practices (GOP) for a range of secondary processing operations.

Further processing – Code of Practice

Rendering COP

MAF (now MPI), in consultation with industry, has developed the rendering COP to:

  • help operators meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999
  • produce animal products that are safe and suitable for their purpose
  • prevent animal material and animal product that is not fit for human consumption from entering the human food chain.

You can find specific information about the requirements in the COP document or by visiting the Rendering pages of the Petfood & inedibles section of this website.