FOOD SAFETY & REGULATORY COMPLIANCE SPECIALISTS
The Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 is New Zealand’s legal framework for processing animal products into food (such as meat and dairy products). It requires all animal products that are traded and used are fit for their intended purpose.
The APA requires, for the production and processing of certain animal materials and products to occur, these must operate under one or more Risk Management Programmes (RMPs).
An RMP is a documented programme that a business develops to identify and explain how known risks such as chemical, physical and biological and other risks will be managed.
RMP’s are based on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP).
As a business owner, you are responsible for developing and maintaining an RMP. That’s where Produco can help you. We know the legislation and how to implement the legal requirements into your business processes.
An RMP must be verified on an regular basis by an MPI-recognised verifier. Produco will take care of this part of the process in a timely way, working with your project requirements.
Our experience lies in our vast knowledge of the regulations which change frequently and vary greatly between different countries. Our ability to interpret which regulations are relevant for your business and products is our strength will save you time and money and allow your business to operate safely and deliver on your promises to your customers.
Compliance costs lie with the requirement of independent evaluation (the initial start-up costs) and regular verification (ongoing). Regular audits ensure all biological, chemical and physical hazards are captured accurately in your Risk Management Plan (RMP) and HACCP Plan.
The cost also depends on the number of regulations you need to meet, the size of your business and whether you export or operate solely in the domestic market. Costs can be separated into two parts;
For details on specific charges, visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website on: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/