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FSANZ advice on imported food

(September 2017)

FSANZ informs the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on whether foods pose a potential medium to high risk to public health. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources then determines appropriate measures at the Australian border to manage the food safety risk.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources inspects imported food to check it meets Australian public health and safety requirements and to ensure it complies with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Visit the department’s website for information about the Imported Food Inspection Scheme and for answers to frequently asked questions about imported food.

FSANZ takes an evidence-based approach to determine if foods present a food safety risk. Completed FSANZ assessments are listed below.

Biosecurity restrictions exist on food such as meat, fruit, eggs, vegetables and dairy products from certain countries. For this reason, any foods listed below that do not meet biosecurity requirements will not be allowed into Australia. Please refer to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website for more information about Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

Completed imported food risk statements

Food Microorganism / analyte / contaminant Is it medium to high risk? Date of assessment
Fresh raw beef and beef products Campylobacter jejuni/coli (pdf 451kb) | (word 70kb) No September 2017
Salmonella spp. (pdf 488kb) | (word 78kb) Yes
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 414kb) | (word 83kb) Yes
Bivalve molluscs Hepatitis A virus (pdf 214kb) | (word 54kb) Yes July 2017
Norovirus (pdf 207kb) | (word 55kb) Yes
Bean curd Bacillus cereus (pdf 57kb) | (word 498kb) No November 2016
Dried coconut Salmonella spp. (pdf 504kb) | (word 57kb) No November 2016
Dried paprika and pepper Salmonella spp. (pdf 509kb) | (word 57 kb) Yes November 2016
Marinara mix Salmonella spp. (pdf 514kb) | (word 60 kb) No November 2016
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 549kb) | (word 59kb) No
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 557kb) | (word 62kb) No
Ready-to-eat cooked crustaceans Salmonella spp. (pdf 512kb) | (word 60kb) No November 2016
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 510kb) | (word 59kb) No
Ready-to-eat cooked prawns and shrimp Aeromonas spp. (pdf 515kb) | (word 59kb) No November 2016
Vibrio cholerae (pdf 514kb) | (word 60kb) Yes
Vibrio parahaemolyticus (pdf 520kb) | (word 61kb) No
Ready-to-eat processed bivalve molluscs Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 596kb) | (word 66kb) Yes November 2016
Sesame seeds and sesame seed products Salmonella spp. (pdf 510kb) | (word 60kb) Yes November 2016
Bivalve molluscs Domoic acid (pdf 468kb) | (word 53kb) Yes June 2016
Paralytic shellfish toxins (pdf 544kb) | (word 66kb) Yes
Fish and fish products Histamine (pdf 84kb) | (word 569kb) Yes June 2016
Hijiki seaweed Inorganic arsenic (pdf 458kb) | (word 70kb) Yes June 2016
Peanuts/pistachios Aflatoxins (pdf 423kb) | (word 60kb) Yes June 2016
Ready-to-eat cooked and processed meat products Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 459kb) | (word 67kb) Yes June 2016
Salmonella spp. (pdf 425kb) | (word 62kb) No
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 564kb) | (word 65kb) No
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 517kb) | (word 60kb) No
Brown seaweed of the Phaeophyceaeclass Iodine (pdf 629kb) | (word 74kb) Yes March 2016
Processed ready-to-eat finfish Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 472kb) | (word 61kb) Yes March 2016
Ready to eat cassava chips Hydrocyanic acid (pdf 542kb) | (word 65kb) Yes March 2016
Uncooked slow dry cured ready-to-eat ham Listeria monocytogenes (pdf kb) | (word 56kb) No March 2016
Salmonella spp. (pdf 558kb) | (word 64kb) No
Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (pdf 467kb) | (word 56kb) No
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 556kb) | (word 55kb) No
Goji berries Agricultural chemicals (pdf 472kb) | (word 52kb) No September 2015
Cheese (production includes a heat treatment step) Brucella spp. (pdf 545kb) | (word 52kb) No July 2015
Mycobacterium bovis (pdf 544kb) | (word 51kb) No
Salmonella spp. (pdf 551kb) | (word 65kb) No
Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (pdf 554kb) | (word 54kb) No
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 553kb) | (word 64kb) No
Cheese (production includes a heat treatment step) in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occur Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 595kb) | (word 60kb) Yes July 2015
Cheese (production includes a heat treatment step) in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes will not occur Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 595kb) | (word 59kb) No July 2015
Raw milk cheese Brucella spp. (pdf 557kb) | (word 56kb) Yes July 2015
Mycobacterium bovis (pdf 545kb) | (word 54kb) Yes
Salmonella spp. (pdf 545kb) | (word 54kb) Yes
Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (pdf 545kb) | (word 54kb) Yes
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 545kb) | (word 54kb) No
Raw milk cheese in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes will not occur Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 545kb) | (word 54kb) No July 2015
Ready-to-eat berries Hepatitis A virus No April 2015
Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 203kb) | (word 57kb) Yes August 2014
Salmonella spp. (pdf 180kb) | (word 55kb) No
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 178kb) | (word 54kb) No
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 194kb) | (word 56kb) No
Ready-to-eat cooked pig meat Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 182kb) | (word 56kb) No August 2014
Ready-to-eat cooked poultry pâté and poultry livers Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 184kb) | (word 58kb) Yes August 2014
Salmonella spp. (pdf 178kb) | (word 53kb) No
Uncooked ready-to-eat dried meat Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 184kb) | (word 59kb) No August 2014
Salmonella spp. (pdf 151kb) | (word 57kb) Yes
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 182kb) | (word 57kb) Yes
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 196kb) | (word 56kb) No
Uncooked ready-to-eat sausages Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 184kb) | (word 59kb) No August 2014
Salmonella spp. (pdf 180kb) | (word 57kb) Yes
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 160kb) | (word 58kb) Yes
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 177kb) | (word 56kb) No
Uncooked ready-to-eat spreadable sausages Listeria monocytogenes (pdf 183kb) | (word 58kb) Yes August 2014
Salmonella spp. (pdf 177kb) | (word 56kb) Yes
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (pdf 156kb) | (word 58kb) Yes
Staphylococcal enterotoxin (pdf 174kb) | (word 55kb) Yes

This table will be updated as new assessments are finalised and provided to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

More information

Enforcement agencies

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Imported Food Inspection Scheme

Australia's safe food system

Importing food from New Zealand​​​​​

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