The newly-formed Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
undertook a comprehensive exercise in the North Island last
Operation Nevada was designed to demonstrate its range of
work and introduce officers to some new duties.
MPI was formed last year from the merger of the Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Fisheries and the
New Zealand Food Safety Authority.
The operation saw more than 50 MPI compliance officers spend
two days in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions
inspecting for compliance with the numerous regulations under
An emphasis was placed on targeting the black market for meat
They also visited sale yards across the Waikato to make sure
the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and National
Animal Identification and Tracing (Nait) were being met.
They checked some farms to ensure adherence to the
requirements of the Animal Welfare Act codes of welfare.
More than 120 food premises dealing in fish were inspected to
ensure they were keeping accurate records, complying with all
regulations and selling fish and other animal products
They checked butchers and home-kill operators in the region,
Food premises were reminded of their obligations under the
Biosecurity Act 1993 to comply with rules and regulations
about feeding meat and food waste to pigs and so minimise the
risk of spreading animal diseases.
Waikato/Bay of Plenty district compliance manager Brendon
Mikkelsen said overall there was a high level of compliance.
The operation had not only been an opportunity to demonstrate
the wide range of compliance work undertaken by MPI, but it
also gave compliance officers new to the team the chance to
experience working in areas unfamiliar to them, he said.
''Many people are unaware of the scope of expertise our
compliance officers are required to have in dealing with such
a diverse range of Acts and associated regulations -
including but by no means restricted to fisheries,
biosecurity, animal products, and animal welfare,.'
He said MPI relied on information from within industry and
the public to help it monitor compliance.
''If anyone has any information that they think MPI should
know about, we encourage them to contact us.
''All information will be treated in confidence.''
For further information on the range of responsibilities MPI
has and what you can do to help, please visit the MPI website
at: www.mpi.govt.nz or call 0800-008-333.
You can also follow MPI on Twitter @MPI-NZ