The requirements for fish and histamine analysis will change on 4 January 2017. Refer to
IFN 21-2016 for information on these changes.
These changes will include a new lodgement question and changes to the kinds of fish and fish products that will be inspected and analysed for histamine.
The requirements on this web page apply to consignments lodged before 4 January 2017.
Tuna and mackerel
Tests applied to risk food
Reference SCM 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
Tuna and mackerel products for human consumption are classified as risk food. The fish may be whole, fillets or in portions. This includes tuna and mackerel that are:
- raw (fresh, chilled or frozen)
- processed (cooked, smoked and pickled)
- retorted (with or without additives such as onion, tomato, oil, salt, chilli flavourings or garnishes)—the final product is in a hermetically sealed (airtight) container and has been heat treated (retorted) within this container so that the final product is shelf stable (not requiring refrigeration).
Food excluded from this testing
- mixed food containing tuna or mackerel as an ingredient; for example, TV dinner (such as tuna mornay) and frozen meals.
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 detail 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 tuna and mackerel and permitted results.
Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result
Listeriamonocytogenes may be an additional test. Refer to
Ready to eat finfish
Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods