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Illegal Farm Closed Down

by 5m Editor
23 June 2008, at 11:09am

NEW ZEALAND - An illegal poultry farm in Papakura has been shut down in a joint operation between the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), the Police, Environment Waikato, Franklin District Council and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

A press release from the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) reports that representatives from these agencies executed search warrants on two rural properties in South Auckland last week under the Animal Products Act on the basis of the illegal slaughter and sale of poultry and eggs to a number of Auckland retailers.

"This processor has consistently failed to comply with their legal obligation of having a registered risk management programme (RMP) in place," NZFSA Assistant Director Justin Rowlands said.

During the two-day operation, more than 137,000 eggs at an estimated value of NZ$21,000 were seized and destroyed. Over 1,100 chickens were euthanised and the remaining 7,500 laying hens and pullets will be removed.

The operator is likely to face charges under the Animal Products Act 1999 in relation to operating a poultry slaughter and processing facility without having an RMP and the illegal sale of poultry and eggs. Charges under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 are also being considered.

Two people were arrested during the operation for violence offences against police.

5m Editor