New Zealand – Managing Salmonella Enteritidis in commercial chicken flocks

MPI

Salmonella Enteritidis is a serious disease affecting people. Infection can occur from eating eggs and poultry meat. To help eliminate Salmonella Enteritidis, commercial chicken operators need to meet extra requirements from October 2021.

Commercial chicken operators must meet extra rules

From 6 October 2021, commercial chicken operators must comply with an emergency control scheme (ECS). The rules are to:

  • identify, monitor, and evaluate the risks around producing and selling chicken products
  • better manage the risks to public health from Salmonella Enteritidis (SE).

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consulted with the poultry industry about the ECS.

How to comply with the SE Emergency Control Scheme Order [PDF, 1001 KB]

Animal Products Order: Emergency Control Scheme – Managing SE in Commercial Chicken Flocks [PDF, 609 KB]

The rules apply to all those in the chicken supply chain

Specific chicken products must be produced and sold under the ECS. The rules apply to all operators within the chicken supply chain, including:

  • breeders, hatcheries, and rearers
  • egg laying and broiler farms
  • processing sites of chicken meat and eggs.

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