Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005

Reprint as at 1 March 2016

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005

(SR 2005/150)

Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of June 2005

The Right Hon Helen Clark presiding in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Pursuant to section 165(1) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, and on the recommendation of the Minister for Biosecurity after consultation in accordance with subsection (2) of that section, makes the following regulations.


1 Title

These regulations are the Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

3 Purpose

The purpose of these regulations is to reduce the risk to New Zealand and its livestock industries of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and other diseases—


by prohibiting the feeding to pigs of untreated meat or food waste containing untreated meat; and


by regulating the collection and distribution of, and trade in, meat and food waste for feeding to pigs.

4 Interpretation

In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

Act means the Biosecurity Act 1993

animal means any member of the animal kingdom other than a human being

Director-General means the chief executive of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

edible means edible by pigs

food waste


means any edible food waste; and




food prepared for human consumption:


substances prepared to be used as ingredients in food for human consumption:


edible waste from food prepared for human consumption (for example, waste from households, hostels, commercial accommodation, or institutions, or from supermarkets, restaurants, or other businesses):


edible waste from food manufacturing processes (for example, broken biscuits, misshapen pies, or bruised fruit):


edible by-products from manufacturing processes (for example, brewer’s grain)



means any live or dead animal, or any tissue or other material taken or derived from an animal; but


does not include eggs, milk, or rendered material

pig means an animal of the genus Sus

rendering means the processing of by-products from slaughtered animals using heat to produce—


fat (tallow); and


processed animal protein (for example, meat and bone meal)

treated means—


heated to 100°C for 1 hour; or


treated to a standard approved by the Director-General and notified in the Gazette

untreated food waste


means food waste that is or contains untreated meat; and


includes food waste that has come into contact with other food waste that is or contains untreated meat

untreated meat means meat that has not been treated.

5 Person must not feed pig untreated meat or untreated food waste


A person must not feed, or allow, cause, or permit any other person to feed, a pig untreated meat or untreated food waste.


A person must not allow, cause, or permit a pig to eat untreated meat or untreated food waste.

6 Person must not collect, distribute, or trade untreated meat or untreated food waste for or intended for feeding to pigs


A person must not collect, distribute, or trade untreated meat or untreated food waste for, or intended for, feeding to pigs.


Subclause (1) does not apply if the person believes, on reasonable grounds, that the untreated meat or untreated food waste will be treated before it is fed to the pigs.

7 Duty of certain people to report on suspected breaches of regulations


This regulation applies to the following people:


inspectors and authorised persons under the Act; and


inspectors appointed under—


section 60 of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997; and


section 124 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (excluding a constable); and


food safety officers under the Food Act 2014; and


animal product officers appointed under section 78 of the Animal Products Act 1999.


A person must report any potential or suspected breach of these regulations to the Director-General as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Regulation 7(1)(b)(ii): amended, on 1 October 2008, pursuant to section 116(a)(ii) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).

Regulation 7(1)(c): amended, on 1 March 2016, by section 447 of the Food Act 2014 (2014 No 32).

8 Strict liability offences


Every person commits an offence who breaches regulation 5 or regulation 6(1).


In any proceedings for an offence, it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that the defendant intended to commit the offence.


It is a defence in any proceedings for an offence if the defendant proves that—


the breach was due to an event or cause beyond the control of the defendant, including natural disaster, mechanical failure, or sabotage; and


the defendant took all reasonable steps to ensure that the offence was not committed.


A defendant is entitled to rely on an event or cause beyond the control of the defendant, as part of a defence under subclause (3), only—


with the leave of the court; or




the defendant has served on the prosecutor a notice in writing identifying the event or cause relied on by the defendant; and


the notice is served not later than 14 days before the date on which the hearing of the proceedings begins.

Regulation 8(4)(b)(i): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

9 Penalties


A person who commits an offence against regulation 8(1) is liable to the penalties specified in section 157(6) of the Act.


Section 156 of the Act (which relates to the liability of principals and agents) applies to an offence against these regulations.

Diane Morcom,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 9 June 2005.

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005 that incorporates all the amendments to those regulations as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status

Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

Food Act 2014 (2014 No 32): section 447

Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81): section 413

Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72): section 116(a)(ii)