Uncooked manufactured meat which is ready-to-eat

​​Uncooked meat – manufactured or processed

Applies to imports lodged prior to 2 November 2016

For imports lodged on or after 2 November 2016 refer to UMH 10-2016 or UMP 10-2016.

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Reference UMP 05/2014

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

Check the Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) system 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

Meat products that have not been cooked and are processed meat or manufactured meat ready for human consumption are classified as risk food. This includes meat from buffalo, camel, cattle, deer, goat, hare, pig, poultry, rabbit or sheep.

Examples include:

  • Iberian ham, Parma ham, Serrano ham
  • prosciutto
  • biltong
  • jerky
  • uncooked salami
  • mettwurst.

Processed meat is a meat product containing no less than 300 g/kg meat, where meat (either singly or in combination with other ingredients or additives), has undergone a method of processing other than boning, slicing, dicing, mincing or freezing and includes manufactured meat and cured and/or dried meat flesh in whole cuts or pieces.

Manufactured meat is processed meat containing no less than 660 g/kg of meat.

Food excluded from this testing

  • mixed food containing meat as an ingredient e.g. frozen meals, soup
  • retorted—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).

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) requirements are not excluded. Refer to the webpage providing information on BSE food safety requirements for beef.

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 Not​ice 03-11 Food sampling under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

Hazard testing

Table 1 shows risk food tests applied to imported uncooked meat that is manufactured and processed and permitted results.

Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result


Test applied

Permitted result


Coagulase-positive staphylococci, E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella






Coagulase-positive staphylococci/g





E. coli/g





Listeria monocytogenes/25 g





Salmonella/25 g














n = the minimum number of sample units which must be examined from a lot of food
c = the maximum allowable number of defective sample units i.e. that have counts between ‘m’ and ‘M’.
m = the acceptable microbiological level in a sample unit.
M = the level which when exceeded (i.e. the level is greater than M) in one or more samples would cause the lot to be rejected.

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


UMP 05/2014

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