All biosecurity requirements must be met before Imported Food Inspection Scheme requirements apply.
Check our Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) for biosecurity import conditions.
Fruits and vegetables referred for testing include fresh, chilled, frozen and dried commodities.
- Alocasia macrorrhiza (giant taro)
- Manihot esculenta Crantz (cassava other than sweet cassava)
- Areca catechu nut (betel nut).
- Fruit and vegetable juices, purees and concentrates.
- Food from New Zealand.
Inspection and testing
We refer consignments for analytical testing at the rate of 5%. During inspection, we will also conduct a visual and label assessment.
Additional requirements apply to certain fruit:
Table 1 shows the tests that will be applied and permitted results for the food type.
Table 1, Food type, test applied and permitted result
|Food type||Test applied||Permitted result|
|Fruits and vegetables
||Fruit and vegetable residue screen||The Food Standards Code lists maximum residue limits in Schedule 20|
|Fresh and frozen vegetables||Lead||The Food Standards Code lists maximum levels in Schedule 19|
|Baby corn (fresh)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=1, m=10, M=100 cfu/g|
|Berries that are ready-to-eat (dried)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=2, m=100, M=1000 cfu/g|
|Chilies (fresh)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=1, m=10, M=100 cfu/g|
|Dates (dried)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=2, m=100, M=1000 cfu/g|
|Pomegranate arils that are ready-to-eat (dried)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=2, m=100, M=1000 cfu/g|
|Spinach (frozen)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=2, m=less than 10 cfu/g|
|Sugar snap peas (fresh)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=1, m=10, M=100 cfu/g|
|Tomatoes (dried, semi-dried and sun dried)||Escherichia coli||n=5, c=2, m=100, M=1000 cfu/g|
n = the minimum number of sample units that must be examined from a lot of food.
c = the maximum allowable number of defective sample units, that have counts between ‘m’ and ‘M’.
m = the acceptable microbiological level in a sample unit.
M = the level, which when exceeded (the level is greater than M), in one or more samples would cause the lot to be rejected.
Fruit and vegetable residue screen analysis
These are the chemical tests applied to fruit and vegetables.
- malathion (maldison)
- aldrin and dieldrin
- HCB (hexachlorobenzene)
- HCH (BHC)
|29/03/2023||Updated permitted levels of E. coli for RTE berries and pomegranate arils (dried).|
|28/01/2022||First version of the webpage published on website.|