Uncooked meat – manufactured or processed that is ready-to-eat

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Reference UMP 11/2018

Biosecurity requirements

All imported food must comply with Australia’s biosecurity import conditions. Check the Biosecurity Import Conditions database (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 the Imported Food Control Act 1992 requirements apply.

The biosecurity requirements for the importation of uncanned meat and meat products from domestic stock (excluding porcine and avian) have been suspended pending a formal review. Import permits will not be issued for products affected by this suspension until the review is finalised.

The following meat imports are not affected by this suspension:

  1. Meat (excluding porcine and avian) from New Zealand.
  2. Beef from Japan or Vanuatu.

For further information regarding the import of uncanned meat, please contact the Import Services Team.

Imported Food Inspection Scheme risk food

Ready-to-eat meat of the following kinds is classified as a risk food:

  • ready-to-eat uncooked dried meat, for example uncooked jerky and uncooked biltong.
  • ready-to-eat uncooked sausages, for example uncooked salami, cacciatore, chorizo, dried sausages.
  • ready-to-eat uncooked spreadable sausages, for example uncooked mettwurst, teewurst and schmierwurst.

These meats are currently not permitted for biosecurity reasons and can therefore not be imported.

This does not include uncooked slow dry cured ready-to-eat hams such as Iberian ham, Parma ham, Serrano ham and prosciutto. These hams are classified as a surveillance food and will be referred for inspection and analysis at a rate of 5 per cent. When referred, analytical testing for Salmonella spp and Listeria monocytogenes will apply.

For more information about the food safety requirements for uncooked slow dry cured ready-to-eat hams see our Imported Food Notice 22-16 and webpage Tests applied to surveillance food.

Imports from New Zealand

Imports of this food from New Zealand will not be inspected or analysed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. This is because Australia and New Zealand have agreed to mutual recognition for the food safety controls for this food.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) advice on imported food

FSANZ provides advice to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on whether foods pose a medium to high risk to public health. This advice is published on the FSANZ website.

Version history

DateAmendment details
28/11/2018UMP 11/2018Consolidated webpages for Uncooked manufactured or processed meat which that is ready-to-eat and Ready-to-eat uncooked dried meat, sausages and spreadable sausages.
12/10/2016UMP 09/2016Changes to the risk food to reflect risk statement prepared by Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
01/05/2014UMP 05/2014Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods
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