MAA 2020-08: Saudi Arabia: Non-Prescribed Goods – Health Certificate for the Export of Blanched Almonds

Date of issue: 20 May 2020

Date of effect: Immediate

Reference Number: MAA2020-08

Attention:

  • Industries - Industry Bodies – Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC)
  • Exporters
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment—Central and Regional offices

Purpose

To notify exporters that the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has approved the use of the “Health Certificate for the Export of Assorted Foods” for the export of Australian blanched almonds to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Summary of key points

  • Following representation by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has approved Australian Health Certification for the export of Australian blanched almonds to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • The Certificate approved for use is, “Health Certificate for the Export of Assorted Foods,” template number AFSA1 with additional endorsement 5201.

Additional endorsement 5201

The food products are safe and fit for human consumption. The food product(s) was handled at an establishment that has been subjected to inspections by the competent authority and/or officially recognised body and implements a food safety management system based on HACCP principles or an equivalent system.

  • Blanched almonds are considered a processed plant product, no phytosanitary certificate is required to accompany the consignment.

Further information

Contact Export Standards if you have any queries.


The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 20 May 2020
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