Dried chilli (prior to 8 August 2018)

​​​Spices – Paprika, pepper, capsicum and chilli

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Reference SPI 05/2014

All imported food must comply with Australia’s biosecurity import conditions.

Check the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) to determine if the food you intend to import requires an import permit or a treatment or if it must meet any other conditions. All biosecurity requirements must be met before Imported Food Inspection Scheme requirements apply.

Imported Food Inspection Scheme risk food

Paprika, pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli which may be whole, crushed or ground are classified as risk food. This includes:

  • pepper or peppercorn of the genus Piper, zanthoxylum (xanthoxylum) piperitum or Schinus terebinthifolius
  • dried fruits of the genus Capsicum or Pimenta
  • product which is only a mixture of a paprika/pepper/dried capsicum/ dried chilli.

Food excluded from this testing  

  • other spices or spice mixtures.

Risk food sampling

When goods are referred for inspection and testing, an authorised officer:

  • will take samples for each product type
  • will take five sample units per lot for analysis.

For more details on sampling refer to Imported Food Not​ice 03-11 Food sampling under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

Hazard testing

Table 1 shows risk food tests applied to imported spices and permitted results.

Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result


Test applied

Permitted result



Not detected in any 25 g sample unit

Label and composition assessment

Food Standards Code chapters 1 and 2

Visual assessment

Imported Food Control Act 1992 section 3(2)(a)(vii) and 3(2)(b)

Version history


Amendment details


SPI 05/2014

Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods