Poultry and eggs

A quick guide to legal requirements and other information about poultry, eggs, and their products.


Requirements for poultry and eggs

The requirements for poultry and eggs are not exactly the same, but these general requirements apply to both:

  • poultry farmers and egg producers must comply with the Animal Products Act 1999
  • primary processors of poultry and eggs must comply with the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Food Act 2014.

Egg producers must also have a registered risk management programme (RMP), unless they have an exemption. Read more about the requirements for egg producers:

Poultry farmers must also comply with the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997 and meet animal health and welfare requirements. Find out more about the requirements for poultry farming:

All finished products intended for human (not animal) consumption must comply with Parts 1 and 2.2.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code:

Learn about the requirements for producing pet food:

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

You may also need to comply with non-food legislation:

Familiarise yourself with any service-related costs you may have to pay to MPI:

Look up the people and information you'll need to run a food-safe poultry or egg business:

Find all documents for poultry processing, including legislation:

Find all documents for egg processing, including legislation:

For other requirements that may apply to you, refer to the general food safety information:

Keep up to date

It's important to keep up with any new or revised poultry and egg information, including requirements, consultations, strategies, and other changes.

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