This introduction is not part of the Animal Products Notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This notice supplements the requirements of the Animal Product Regulations 2021 and sets requirements for microbiological sampling and testing of animal material and animal products intended for human consumption.
The National Microbiological Database (NMD) Programme is a standardised microbiological sampling and testing programme to provide ongoing monitoring of microbiological process control across all industry participants.
Who should read this Animal Products Notice?
You should read this notice if you are: an operator who processes red meat or poultry intended for human consumption; or a recognised laboratory that tests red meat or poultry intended for human consumption
Why is this important?
A failure to comply with this notice may be an offence under section 135(1)(c) of the Animal Products Act 1999 and may result in further action by an animal products officer.