Changes to the inspection of risk foods

​​We are proposing changes to the way we inspect some imported foods. This would mean updates to the Imported Food Control Order 2001.

Imported Food Control Order 2001

The Order is the legislation that classifies ‘risk foods’. Under imported food laws, these risk foods are subjected to a higher rate of inspection and analysis.

Our proposed changes would affect some:

  • seafood
  • meat
  • cheese
  • dried foods
  • plant products.

These changes are minor and mostly narrow the scope of foods that will be classified as ‘risk foods’.

Consultation

Proposed changes to food safety import requirements for bivalve molluscs – November 2018

The Australian Government released a consultation paper, Proposals for changes to the inspection and analysis of imported food – May 2017.

Industry bodies and overseas governments were generally supportive of the proposed changes. The submissions requested clarification on government certification of bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products.

In response we are seeking feedback from key stakeholders on a second consultation paper. The second consultation paper provides more detail on:

  • types of bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products that must have government certification
  • hazards we need to manage (including biotoxins and viruses in at risk products)
  • border verification testing.

The Australian Government has prepared science-based risk statements on the hazards associated with bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products. These are published on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.

Make a submission

You can now provide feedback on the second consultation paper.

Consultation is open until Friday the 8th of February 2019.

Visit Have your Say to access the second consultation paper and register:

  • for updates on the project
  • to make an online submission.
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Previous consultation

Proposals for changes to the inspection and analysis of imported food – May 2017

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Read the Exposure Draft and Explanatory Notes

Provides further information about the proposed changes.

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