Tests applied to risk food

​​​​​​If you import food, you are legally responsible under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and Australian state and territory food legislation to ensure the food is safe, suitable for human consumption and compliant with Australia’s food standards.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) advises our department on food that poses a medium or high risk to human health and safety. The department classifies this food as risk food for inspection under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

During an inspection, an authorised officer will:

Risk food may also be subject to surveillance tests at a rate of 5% of consignments for monitoring purposes.

Food imported by holders of Food Import Compliance Agreements will not be inspected or analysed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. This is because the food safety controls are dealt with in the food import compliance agreement.

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Risk food


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Cheese in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occurCHEmicroorganisms
Raw milk cheeseRMCmicroorganisms

Fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables

Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Dried coconutDCmicroorganisms
Peanuts and pistachios (including peanut and pistachio products)NUTaflatoxin
Sesame seeds and sesame seed productsSESmicroorganisms


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Beef and beef products (including food that contains beef or beef products as an ingredient)BEFbovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) ​​and microorganisms
Cooked chicken meatHENmicroorganisms
Cooked poultry pate, poultry paste and poultry liverPOLmicroorganisms
Cooked meat – manufactured or processed that is ready-to-eatCMPmicroorganisms
Uncooked manufactured or processed meat which is ready-to-eatUMPmicroorganisms
Ready-to-eat uncooked dried meat, sausages and spreadable sausagesUMPmicroorganisms

Processed foods

Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Cassava chips or crackers that are ready-to-eatCAShydrocyanic acid
Tahini, halva, hummus, baba ghanouj and other food containing sesameSESmicroorganisms

Note: For processed foods that contain a risk food as an ingredient, refer also to the risk food webpage for that risk food.


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Bivalve molluscs such as clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, pipi and scallopsMOLbiotoxins and microorganisms
Cooked crustaceansCRUmicroorganisms
Histamine susceptible fishHIShistamine
Finfish which has been processed and is ready-to-eat​​FSHmicroorganisms
Marinara​/Seafood mixMSMbiotoxins and microorganisms


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Brown algae seaweedBSWiodine
Hijiki seaweedHJSinorganic arsenic

Spices, condiments

Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilliSPImicroorganisms