Proposed changes to the inspection and analysis of imported foods

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is proposing legislative changes that would change how some imported foods are inspected and analysed.

The proposed legislative changes are about amendments to the Imported Food Control Order 2001 (the Order). The Order is the legislation that classifies ‘risk foods’. Under imported food legislation, these risk foods are subjected to a higher rate of inspection and analysis than other foods.

The foods impacted by these changes include some seafood, meat, cheese, dried foods and plant products. Many of these changes are minor in nature, primarily narrowing the scope of foods that will be classified as ‘risk foods’. However, for bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products, the department is recommending a significant change – that these imports be restricted unless covered by a foreign government certificate the department has negotiated with the exporting country. For more information please read:

  • the consultation paper
  • the Exposure Draft and Explanatory Notes.

Further consultation

Feedback was sought from the Australian public and trading partners through a consultation paper about the proposed changes. This consultation closed on Monday 31 July 2017.

Comments were received from industry bodies and overseas countries. Submitters generally supported the changes being recommended but sought further clarification on the government certification of bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products.

In response to these comments, the department is proposing to consult further on border requirements for bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products. This will provide detail on the scope of bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products required to have government certification, hazards required to be managed (including biotoxins and viruses in at risk products) and details of required border verification testing.

More information regarding further consultation for bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products will be available soon.

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Read the Exposure Draft and Explanatory Notes

Please read the Exposure Draft of the legislative changes and associated Explanatory Notes for further information about the proposed changes.

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