Review of the Imported Food Control Order

​​Consultation has now closed for the draft Imported Food Control Order.

You may view the Have Your Say webpage for further details on the draft Order.

Food imported to Australia for commercial purposes is regulated by law. These laws include:

The Imported Food Control Order 2001 will ‘sunset’ on 1 October 2019. This means it will be automatically repealed and cease to be law.

To remain law, we now have to remake the Order.

Purpose of the Order

The current Imported Food Control Order supports the operation of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. It:

  • enables the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to identify and classify imported food as risk food or compliance agreement food
  • enables the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to identify risk food that must be covered by a recognised foreign government certificate
  • supports our obligations under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).

Identify and classify foods

Classification of foods as risk foods or compliance agreement food:

  • allows us to set arrangements for the inspection or inspection and analysis of imported foods subject to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme
  • supports importers who enter into a voluntary Food Import Compliance Agreement (FICA). Foods subject to a FICA are exempt from inspection and analysis.

Mandatory foreign government certification

The Order identifies risk foods products that must be covered by a recognised foreign government certificate. This is a government-to-government certification arrangement with the national competent authority of the country exporting food to Australia providing assurance that the food has been produced safely.

Obligations under the TTMRA

Under the Order, we can identify New Zealand products that require or do not require inspection or inspection and analysis under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

  • Schedule 1: Most risk foods identified are exempt from the Imported Food Inspection Scheme when imported from New Zealand
  • Schedule 2: Identifies foods from New Zealand that require inspection or inspection and analysis.
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