We monitor and test food imported into Australia under our Imported Food Inspection Scheme. This ensures all imports comply with Australian food standards and requirements for safety.
The tests we apply depend on the food type and whether the food is a risk or surveillance food.
If food referred for an inspection doesn’t need to be tested, we will still perform a visual and label assessment.
Most food imports from New Zealand aren’t referred for inspection or testing because we:
- recognise that our food regulatory systems are similar
- have joint food standards.
Any food able to be sold in New Zealand can also be sold in Australia.
Check what requirements may apply to these food imports.
Coconut – fresh, chilled, frozen, dried or desiccated (whether whole, flaked, chipped, shredded or ground)
All fruit and vegetables, including:
- fresh, chilled, frozen or dried fruit
- legumes - fresh or chilled, frozen or dried
- vegetables - fresh or chilled, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling, frozen
Herbs - dried (excluding garlic flakes/granules)
Beef and beef products (including food that contains beef or beef products as an ingredient)
Cooked meat – manufactured or processed that is ready-to-eat
Meat and edible offal – fresh, chilled or frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked
Poultry pâté, poultry paste and poultry liver that is cooked
Uncooked meat – manufactured or processed that is ready-to-eat
Peanuts and pistachios (including peanut and pistachio products)
Cassava chips or crackers that are ready-to-eat
Tofu, soy-bean curd, soy milk curd
Bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products
Fish and crustaceans from aquaculture production