Food inspection and compliance
The department helps protect Australia's food producers by managing the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country. It also inspects imported food to check it meets Australian requirements for public health and safety and compliance with Australian food standards.
The department undertakes inspection of food and compliance through the following activities:
- Imported food inspection scheme
- Tests applied to risk food
- Food import compliance agreements
- Tests applied to surveillance food
- Holding orders for imported food
- Imported food surveys and reviews
- Survey of chemicals in imported seafood
- Update on border testing of imported seafood
- Addendum to final report 'Review of the current testing protocols for imported seafood products'
- AQIS response to the CSIRO food science Australia report
- Review of Provisions in the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code as they relate to imported seafood
To facilitate broader compliance, the department also makes the following information available to importers of food:
- Food inspection data
- Food testing information for importers
- Failing food reports
- When food fails inspection
- Reconsideration and review of decisions
- Food testing requirements for appointed analysts
In addition to the department's imported food testing, the state and territory jurisdictions also have responsibility for ensuring that all food, including imported food, meets requirements at the point of sale.