NEW ZEALAND, Auckland. An illegal meat processing operation has been discovered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.
The agency said the large-scale home kill operation was in the greater Auckland region. Home kill is slaughter and butchering of self farmed animals to be eaten by the farmer, the family and household, farm workers employed and their family and household. It is not subject to the same regulatory controls that apply to meat from a supermarket or butcher.
Simon Anderson, MPI Northern region investigations manager, said officers executed six search warrants in the west and south of the city. The officers seized a refrigerated container, a truck, unregulated meat, and a large amount of food processing equipment. This was a large-scale, sophisticated operation involving more than 100 customers. Anderson said in the lead up to Christmas illegal home kill operations are, traditionally, more prevalent.
Meanwhile, a revamped food safety website about the joint Australian and New Zealand food regulation system has been launched. Dr. David Gillespie, assistant minister for rural health, launched the website at the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation meeting in Brisbane. The site is aimed at industry, associations and public health groups and consumers.