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Illegal home kill meat operation shut down

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

An illegal home kill operation in the greater Auckland region has been shut down after Ministry for Primary Industries compliance officers executed a series of search warrants.

MPI northern region investigations manager Simon Anderson says the six warrants related to rural and urban addresses in the city's west and south.

He says officers seized a refrigerated container, a truck, unregulated meat and a large amount of food processing equipment on Wednesday.

"This was a large-scale, sophisticated operation involving more than 100 customers," he said.

"A number of people are now being spoken to as a result of our investigation."

Mr Anderson urged members of the public to get their meat from regulated outlets like butcheries, supermarkets and other sellers.

"This is particularly the case in the lead up to Christmas where illegal home kill operations are, traditionally, more prevalent," he said.

"Meat being sold directly from a farm to the public is a strong indicator of unlicensed activity."

Mr Anderson said offenders faced a sentence of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

He said the ministry had a duty to protect the public from the threat of food-borne illnesses associated with illegal home kill.

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