Food inspected under the Department of Agriculture Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) may be subject to analytical testing for particular hazards—see:
Failing food reports identify foods that have failed analytical testing or do not meet the compositional requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
The reports do not list foods that have failed for noncompliant labels as the responsibility for the correct labelling lies with the importer. In these cases, the importer has an opportunity to bring the label into compliance with Australian food labelling standards.
The foods listed in these reports have been identified as 'failing foods' under the Imported Food Control Act 1992. For surveillance food this means a holding order can be applied to ensure all future consignments of that food are referred for inspection. A holding order remains in place until a history of compliance can be demonstrated, usually after five consecutive passes.
Risk food that fails testing remains or returns to inspection at the rate of 100 per cent of consignments until a compliance history is established.
From August 2019, the administrative instrument used to put a holding order in place and the instruments used to revoke a holding order will be published on our website, accessible from each month’s failing food reports webpage.