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