Animal material depots holding meat

Find out the requirements that animal material depots must meet when temporarily holding animal material prior to it being transferred to a primary processor.


What animal material depots do

Animal material depots are used to temporarily hold wild, game estate, or farmed-gone-feral animal carcasses prior to their transfer to a primary processor who will process them for human consumption.

Animal material depot operators cannot process any animal material, but they can

  • hold
  • chill
  • refrigerate
  • apply protective coverings.

New Zealand requirements

If your depot holds animal material intended for human consumption, the requirements you need to meet are set out in the following Animal Products Notice (which came into effect on 1 April 2016). Part 12 is especially relevant.

Verifying and listing animal material depots

As part of the requirements, if you operate an animal material depot that holds wild, game estate, or farmed-gone-feral mammals, you must

  • before starting operation, undergo an initial verification by a recognised agency to ensure you are meeting the requirements
  • apply to be listed with MPI and be relisted every 2 years
  • once listed, undergo regular verifications by a recognised agency according to Schedules 1 and 2 of the Verification Statement of Policy.

Find a recognised agency to carry out your verification:

Use the AP19 form to apply to become an animal material depot or to renew your status with MPI:

Learn more about how regularly your animal material depot needs to undergo verification. The Verification 2005 Statement of Policy specifies policy for verification of animal materials and products (except dairy, live animals, and germplasm):

MPI maintains a searchable register of all listed animal material depots:

Export requirements

There are additional requirements you need to meet if your depot holds animal carcasses that, after processing, will be exported. Find out more: 

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