Holding orders for imported food

We apply and publish holding orders for imported food that:

Holding orders are legal instruments issued under the Imported Food Control Act 1992.

Holding orders ensure future consignments (same product, producer and country of origin) of a food are referred for inspection to verify compliance and safety.  

Holding orders for failing food

We apply a holding order for imported food:

  • that has failed inspection
  • if there are reasonable grounds to believe that it would fail an inspection.

We ensure future consignments of this food are inspected under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).

Holding orders apply until a history of compliance to the IFIS is demonstrated. This is usually after five consecutive passes or two years from the holding order implementation date.

This table shows the current holding orders we’ve applied each month.

Monthly holding orders

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February 2020

Holding order number Product description Date (month and year) Holding order Instruments
15660 Jelly February 2020 PDF (50 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15661 Pasta February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15663 Preserved fruit February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15664 Vegetable – spinach leaves February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15671 Fruit jam February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15674 Fruit – Plum February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15675 Canned white peaches halves February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15683 Catfish (dried) February 2020 PDF (50 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15688 USA blackeyes (bean seeds) February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15691 Sweet soy sauce February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15716 Coconut February 2020 PDF (49 KB), DOCX (61 KB)

January 2020

Holding order number Product description Date (month and year) Holding order Instruments
15619 Fresh betel leaves January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15625 Frozen basa steaks January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15627 Chinese spinach January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15631 Frozen soft shell crab January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15636 Preserved plums January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15646 Raspberry juice concentrate January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
15647 Frozen soft shell crab January 2020 PDF (46 KB), DOCX (61 KB)
REC20003 Fish snack January 2020 PDF (444 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
REC20004 Fish snack January 2020 PDF (459 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
REC20005 Fish snack January 2020 PDF (455 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
REC20006 Fish snack January 2020 PDF (434 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
REC20007 Fish snack January 2020 PDF (450 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
REC20008 Fish snack January 2020 PDF (457 KB), DOCX (84 KB)

December 2019

Holding order number Product description Date (month and year) Holding order Instruments
15529 Frozen Magur tray (fish) December 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15537 Durian (fruit) December 2019 PDF (48 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15538 Dragon fruit December 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15539 Toor Dal (peas) December 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15544 Supari slice, supari sali, supari whole December 2019 PDF (431 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15564 Elderberry concentrate December 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)

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November 2019

Holding order number Product description Date (month and year) Holding order Instruments
15460 Sliced pickled turnips November 2019 PDF (154 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15479 Preserved salted peaches November 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15480 Preserved plums November 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15481 Fresh (Longans) November 2019 PDF (48 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15482 Margarine November 2019 PDF (47 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15486 Frozen purple corn November 2019 PDF (154 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15489 Frozen durian  November 2019 PDF (48 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15495 Cereal November 2019 PDF (48 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15519 Qasuri Methi fenugreek leaves (retail)   November 2019 PDF (469 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15520 Vegetable Ivy Gourd   November 2019 PDF (50 KB), DOCX (84 KB)
15521 Strawberry IQF Whole    November 2019 PDF (464 KB), DOCX (84 KB)

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Revocations for failing food

We revoke holding orders on failing food when a history of compliance is demonstrated. The instrument revoking these is published monthly.

Monthly revocations

February 2020

Document Pages File size
Instruments revoking a holding order February 2020 PDF 1 458 KB
Instruments revoking a holding order February 2020 DOCX 2 59 KB

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January 2020

Document Pages File size
Instruments revoking a holding order January 2020 PDF 9 391 KB
Instruments revoking a holding order January 2020 DOCX 9 100 KB

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December 2019

Document Pages File size
Instruments revoking a holding order December 2019 PDF 2 574 KB
Instruments revoking a holding order December 2019 DOCX 2 81 KB

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November 2019

Document Pages File size
Instruments revoking a holding order November 2019 PDF 2 640 KB
Instruments revoking a holding order November 2019 DOCX 2 82 KB

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Holding orders for food that poses a serious risk to human health

We can apply holding orders to an imported food on the basis there are reasonable grounds for believing the food may pose a serious risk to human health. This holding order is active for 28 days and can be extended until we receive assurances from the exporting country that future imports are safe.

This table shows holding orders for food that poses a serious risk to human health.

Holding order number Product description Reasonable grounds Date applied (month and year) Holding order Instrument
19001 Salted manila clam Association with hepatitis A outbreak February 2020 PDF (500 KB), DOCX (82 KB)

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Revocations for food that poses a serious risk to human health

We revoke holding orders applied to food that poses a serious risk to human health when we receive assurances from the exporting country that future imports are safe.

There are currently no holding order revocations for food that poses a serious risk to human health.

Last reviewed: 3 April 2020
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