This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Biosecurity (Ruminant Protein) Regulations 1999 (
“the principal regulations”).
The principal regulations seek to ensure that New Zealand does not suffer an outbreak of a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is believed to have spread in the United Kingdom from feeding ruminant protein in feed supplements to ruminant animals. Ruminant animals are those that chew their own regurgitated cud such as cattle, sheep, deer, alpacas, and goats.
The main amendments provide—
•that highly processed ruminant products (protein-free tallow and its derivatives, rennet, dicalcium phosphate (with no trace of protein or fat), peptides with a molecular weight of less than 10000 dalton, and amino acids) are excluded from the scope of the regulations:
•feed supplier includes a person who redesignates as food for animals any food for human consumption or any by-product; and
•a feed supplier is obliged to act in accordance with the labelling requirements of regulation 13 of the principal regulations:
•that an operator (or a person who intends to become an operator) must pay a charge in accordance with the Biosecurity (Costs) Regulations 2003 for the assessment and registration by a biosecurity adviser of the following:
•a ruminant protein control programme:
•a revised ruminant protein control programme:
•an amendment to a registered programme:
•a replacement for a registered programme:
•that, if prescribed steps are followed to ensure that the feeding of ruminant protein in any form to ruminants is avoided, a person may irrigate pasture with wastewater from premises—
•licensed under the Meat Act 1981 (or any regulations or other requirements made under that Act); or
•of an animal product business in which ruminants are processed or slaughtered; or
•where ruminant protein is produced, rendered, stored, or utilised:
•for the recategorisation of all absolute liability offences as strict liability offences:
•a defence to a strict liability proceeding under the principal regulations where the defendant can show that—
•the breach was due to an event or cause beyond his or her control, including natural disaster, mechanical failure, and sabotage; and
•all reasonable steps were taken to ensure that the offence was not committed.