Rendered and inedible animal products

All businesses that produce rendered and inedible animal products must meet legal requirements.


Rendered animal products

The legal requirements for rendering include the APA, Animal Products Regulations 2000, and the Animal Consumption Specifications. The requirements that apply to your rendered animal products business will depend on what you are doing.

Read a summary of the specific requirements for different businesses:

Animal materials can be rendered (broken down) into byproducts for consumption by animals. Operators rendering animal material for animal consumption must:

  • comply with the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 
  • operate under a registered risk management programme (RMP)
  • if exporting, be registered with MPI and meet destination country requirements.

If you render animal material for human consumption, such as fish oils or beef lard, refer to the relevant food sector to find out the requirements you need to meet.

Meeting the requirements 

Under the APA, all rendering operations are required to operate under a registered RMP. The Rendering code of practice (COP) provides specific guidance for meeting RMP requirements.

The Rendering COP helps businesses to:

  • meet the requirements of the APA and related legislation
  • produce rendered products that are safe and suitable
  • prevent animal product that is not fit for human consumption from entering the human food chain.

Refer to the COP and read more about RMPs:

Exporting rendered product

You must be registered with MPI as an animal product exporter if the rendered products you export are intended for either or both of the following:

  • animal consumption
  • a destination market that requires an official assurance (export certificate).

Find out how to register as an exporter:

In addition to New Zealand requirements, you need to meet those set by the country where the rendered product is being sold. You must ensure you meet all requirements relating to rendered product and the intended market.

Find out more about Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) and see the latest notifications:

Inedible animal products

If you export products made from animal materials that are not for human or animal consumption, the destination country may require them to be certified by MPI. There are no specific requirements for inedible products made from animal materials sold in New Zealand.

Defining inedible animal products

Inedible animal products can be defined as any product made from animal materials that is not for human or animal consumption. Common examples include:

  • hides and skins
  • animal fibres such as wool and feathers
  • biotechnology and scientific materials
  • game trophies
  • shells
  • blood products used for biotechnology purposes or scientific materials.

When MPI certification is required

If you export inedible animal products, you need to meet the requirements set by the country where the product is being sold. These requirements may include MPI certifying your product by giving it an official assurance before it is exported.

Check the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for the country you are exporting to:

Getting MPI certification (official assurance)

Official assurances (certification) from MPI are issued as export certificates, which indicate that all applicable standards have been met.

You need to comply with relevant parts of the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999, including the following:

Find out more about the official assurance programme (OAP):

Registering with MPI

Under the APA, all exporters who require official assurances for the product they export must register with MPI.

Find out how to register as an exporter:

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