Spices – Paprika, pepper, capsicum and chilli
Tests applied to risk food
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)
- dried fruits of the genus
- 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 Notice 03-11 Food sampling under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.
Table 1 shows risk food tests applied to imported spices and permitted results.
Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result
Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods