Food products

​​​​​​​​​​The following sections contains information that is required to be included with an import permit application to import various food products:

Please note: In addition to biosecurity requirements, all commercial consignments of imported food must comply with Australia’s food laws including the Imported Food Control Act 1992. The applicable food standards under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 are set down in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code as developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Please refer to the Importing Food to Australia web page for further information.

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Cheese

It is the responsibility of the manufacturer of the product(s) intended for export to Australia to complete the product questionnaire. The product questionnaire is available through the relevant BICON  case.

The information needed to complete the questionnaire is required to assess applications to import cheese products from countries approved as being FMD free that have been:
  1. sourced from and/or
  2. manufactured in and/or
  3. exported from countries not approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as FMD free.

The required product information needs to be attached, unaltered, to each application to import cheese from FMD affected countries.

NB: The information required by the questionnaire does not need to accompany applications for cheese products that have been sourced from and manufactured in and exported from countries approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as FMD free.

Products containing greater than 10 per cent dairy (excluding cheese)

It is the responsibility of the manufacturer of the product(s) intended for export to Australia to complete a product questionnaire.

The information needed to complete the questionnaire is required to assess applications to import food products containing greater than 10 per cent dairy by dry weight. The required product information needs to be attached, unaltered, to each application. The product questionnaire is available through the relevant BICON  case.

For retorted* products, the following information is also required:

  • Core temperature the packaged product has been exposed to and the duration held at this core temperature (e.g. core temperature of 121 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes).

A copy of the manufacturing flowchart and relevant retort data can be pasted directly into the 'Manufacturing Overview' box in the questionnaire.

*Retorted means the final product is in a hermetically sealed (airtight) container and has been heat treated (retorted) within this container so that the final product is shelf stable (not requiring refrigeration).

Products containing greater than 10 per cent egg

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import food products with greater than 10 per cent egg content:

  • Complete list of ingredients including percentage of each ingredient to add up to 100 per cent (please include water)
  • Details of how the egg has been processed either prior to, or during incorporation in to the product. Where products are heat treated, the information must include the core temperature and the duration held at this core temperature for any heat treatments the product is subject to
  • Presence/absence of discernable pieces of egg
  • Packaging details (e.g. can, retort pouch, vacuum bag, hermetically sealed container etc.).

For retorted* products, the following information is also required:

  • Core temperature the packaged product has been exposed to and the duration held at this core temperature (e.g. core temperature of 121 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes).

*Retorted means the final product is in a hermetically sealed (airtight) container and has been heat treated (retorted) within this container so that the final product is shelf stable (not requiring refrigeration).

Please note: The above information needs to be supplied on a manufacturer's declaration. The declaration must meet the departmental minimum documentation re​quirements and be:

  • from the manufacturer
  • on manufacturer's letterhead (including company address and country)
  • signed by a senior company employee from the site of manufacture whose name, title and contact details also appear
  • dated and free from erasures and uncertified alterations (all alterations must be initialled by the senior company employee responsible for signing the declaration)
  • written in English.

Uncanned chicken meat

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import uncanned chicken meat products.

Chicken meat—cooked (uncanned):

  • Country of origin
  • Name and address of the importer and exporter
  • Name and veterinary control number of the approved abattoir and, if applicable, approved cutting-up establishment, approved processing establishment and approved storage establishment in the source country
  • Cut or cuts (trade description) of the meat/product to be imported
  • Details of heat treatment, described as the minimum core temperature obtained and the duration for which the core temperature is maintained.

Chicken meat—uncooked:

  • Country of origin
  • Name and address of the importer and exporter
  • Name and veterinary control number of the approved abattoir and, if applicable, approved cutting-up establishment, approved processing establishment and approved storage establishment in the source country
  • Cut or cuts (trade description) of the meat/product to be imported.

Fish and seafood products

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import fish and seafood products.

Salmon and salmon products:

  • Full scientific name and common name
  • Form of fish (e.g. head on, gilled, gutted, skin on etc)
  • Country of origin
  • Country of processing facility

Finfish for human consumption:

  • Full scientific name and common name of each fish species
  • Country(s) of origin (each country must be listed)
  • Country(s) of export (each country must be listed)
  • Information regarding the level of processing (i.e. whole or eviscerated, head-on or head-off)
  • Information on how the product is sourced (wild caught or farmed).

Prawns (uncooked):

Please refer to the Uncooked Prawns webpage for details.

Please note: cooked or dried prawns do not require an import permit. Please refer to BICON for import conditions that apply.​

Other Food Products

The import conditions and permit application requirements associated with these products are available through the relevant BICON case.