New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme
New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP)
New Zealand currently operates a range of industry audit systems. The purpose of NZFAP is to streamline the process for farmers and ensure everyone is working to a single standard for the whole industry.
Today's modern meat consumer is asking "where has this product come from? How was it raised? Is it safe for my family to eat?" Red meat produced under the NZFAP comes with assurances on integrity, origin, traceability, bio-security, environmental sustainability and animal health and welfare - all essential to maximising product returns and meeting the expectations of our diverse international customers.
The aspiration is that all NZ red meat farmers become NZFAP-accredited and all NZ meat exporting companies adopt the foundation standard. The NZ red meat industry will have a single NZFAP that harmonises standards, eliminates duplication and provides NZ representatives a stronger negotiating position in OMARs (Overseas Market Access Requirements) and global market access for NZ red meat.
NZFAP will enhance the already-high consumer confidence in New Zealand red meat products. The ultimate goal is that all sheep, beef and deer farmers are involved in NZFAP.
The national roll-out began in June 2017. To include the deer industry, RMPP has teamed up with a PGP programme called Passion2Profit to create an across-the-board, robust approach. For farmers who are already farm-assured through their meat processor, there will be very little change to the process of their next audit. There will be a gradual transition from the existing standard to the new industry standard. Support will be available from participating processors for farmers new to farm assurance.
1. The scope of NZFAP does not and is not intended to cover all the requirements contained in the Animal Welfare Act, the Codes of Welfare and the Regulations. Farmers should make themselves aware of their obligations.
2. The animal welfare regulations are currently undergoing amendment with new regulations due to come into force over a period of one to two years. This link will take the reader to the current legislation in force as well as providing information on upcoming changes.
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New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme documents published
The New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme standard and NZFAP Farmers' Handbook documents have been published.
From Gate to Plate - and we can prove it
RMPP chairman Malcolm Bailey explains why the NZFAP is good for all New Zealanders, and why RMPP is supporting its development.