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 also requires that 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.
An RMP must be verified on an ongoing basis by an MPI-recognised verifier.
Produco’s experience lies in our vast knowledge of the regulations which are published regularly by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Our ability to interpret which notices are relevant for your business and products is our strength.
We will assess what is exactly required for your business and determine which regulations you need to meet to operate safely and successfully.
Cost of Compliance
Compliance costs lie with the requirement of independent evaluation (initial start up costs) and regular verification (ongoing) to ensure all biological, chemical and physical hazards are captured accurately in the RMP.
The cost of compliance 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. However, we can separate compliance costs broadly into two parts;