Introduction to the NMD programme

Get a general introduction to the National Microbiological Database (NMD) and the requirements for being part of the programme.


What is NMD?

The National Microbiological Database (NMD) is a mandatory industry programme for New Zealand primary processors of meat, poultry, game and ratites. By regularly collecting and analysing samples, the programme ensures common microbiological standards for food sold overseas and within New Zealand.

Requirements for NMD

The legal requirements under the Animal Products Act 1999 and Animal Products Regulations 2000 that you need to comply with are set out in the current NMD Notice and any amendments to that Notice.

Registering for NMD

Find out whether you are required to participate and how to register for NMD:

Ongoing NMD requirements

Once registered, you need to know what the requirements you are legally obliged to meet are as an NMD participant. Find out more:

US E. coli O157:H7 programme

If you are a US listed bovine and/or bobby veal processor, you need to be familiar with this programme information:

Related information

Depending on your role, other general industry requirements may also be relevant to you. If you are a food processor, you will also need to refer to the website area for your particular food sector:

Keeping up to date

It’s important to keep up to date with any new or revised NMD information, including requirements, consultations, strategies and other content changes. Subscribe to MPI to receive the latest news by email:

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