Changes to the inspection of risk foods

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

We are drafting the final changes to the food safety certification requirements for imported bivalve molluscs. These requirements will be set out in the Order.

We aim to make these changes by mid-2019, with certification of bivalve molluscs expected to take effect from mid-2020.

Imported Food Control Order 2001

The Order classifies risk foods. Under imported food laws, these risk foods are subject 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.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand 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.

Consultation

Thank you for your feedback on the proposed changes to the way we inspect some imported foods.

Your feedback has helped inform our final changes to requirements for bivalve molluscs.

Submissions broadly supported the proposed changes.

We held two rounds of public consultation.

The first round of consultation was held in May 2017. This consultation sought public feedback on our proposed changes to the inspection and analysis of imported food.

In response to submissions in the first consultation, we held a second round of consultation in December 2018. This consultation sought further feedback on our proposed changes.

Download second consultation paper

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Proposed changes to food safety import requirements for bivalve molluscs – December 2018 PDF PDF Icon291.4 MB
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Download first consultation paper

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Proposals for changes to the inspection and analysis of imported foods – May 2017 PDFPDF Icon22884 KB
Proposals for changes to the inspection and analysis of imported foods – May 2017 DOC Word Icon22123 KB

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Exposure Draft and Explanatory Notes

These provide further information about the proposed changes in the Imported Food Control Amendment (Risk Foods) Order 2017.

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