IFN 16-18 – Monitoring cooked crustaceans for Listeria monocytogenes

​13 December 2018


The purpose of this notice is to advise brokers and importers about a change to the inspection and analysis of cooked crustaceans under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. Cooked crustaceans include; crab, crayfish, lobster, prawn or shrimp (whether chilled or frozen).

The department will implement monitoring of cooked crustaceans to determine if the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is present in the food.

This change does not apply to cooked crustaceans that are:

Why is this change being implemented?

In November 2018, a trade level food recall was conducted in New South Wales and Queensland relating to imported frozen cooked crustaceans that were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

In 2018, there were a number of food recalls of cooked crustacean products in the European Union.

The department is implementing monitoring to determine the extent of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in imported chilled or frozen cooked crustacean products.

Changes effective from 17 January 2019

From 17 January 2019, the department will apply inspection and analysis to monitor cooked crustaceans for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes at the surveillance rate of five per cent of consignments. This analysis will be applied in addition to the existing risk food analysis applied to cooked crustaceans, available on the Tests applied to risk food webpage.

Listeria monocytogenes analysis will not be applied to dried, raw, or retorted crustaceans.

Compliance requirements

The department will apply the not-detected criteria established in Standard 1.6.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for ready-to-eat food in which the growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occur.

Food will be cleared against the criteria outlined in the following table:

Hazard/test appliedFood typeCompliance
Listeria monocytogenesCooked crustaceansListeria monocytogenes not detected in any of the five sample units.

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