Tests applied to risk food

​​​​​​​​If you import food, you are legally responsible under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and Australian state and territory food legislation to ensure the food is safe, suitable for human consumption and compliant with Australia’s food standards.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) advises our department on food that poses a medium or high risk to human health and safety. The department classifies this food as risk food for inspection under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

During an inspection, an authorised officer will:

Risk food may also be subject to surveillance tests at a rate of 5% of consignments for monitoring purposes.

Food imported by holders of Food Import Compliance Agreements will not be inspected or analysed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. This is because the food safety controls are dealt with in the food import compliance agreement.

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Risk food


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Cheese in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occurCHE 07/2018microorganisms
Raw milk cheeseRMC 07/2018microorganisms

Fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables

Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Dried coconutDC 05/2014microorganisms
Peanuts and pistachios (including peanut and pistachio products)NUT 11/2018aflatoxin
Sesame seeds and sesame seed productsSES 05/2014microorganisms


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Beef and beef products (including food that contains beef or beef products as an ingredient)BEF 11/2018bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) ​​and microorganisms
Cooked chicken meatHEN 09/2015microorganisms
Cooked poultry pate, poultry paste and poultry liverPOL 09/2015microorganisms
Cooked meat – manufactured or processed that is ready-to-eatCMP 11/2016microorganisms
Uncooked meat – manufactured or processed that is ready-to-eatUMP 11/2018microorganisms

Processed foods

Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Cassava chips or crackers that are ready-to-eatCAS 09/2016hydrocyanic acid
Tahini, halva, hummus, baba ghanouj and other food containing sesameSES 05/2014microorganisms

Note: For processed foods that contain a risk food as an ingredient, refer also to the risk food webpage for that risk food.


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Bivalve molluscs such as clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, pipis and scallopsMOL 04/2017biotoxins and microorganisms
Cooked crustaceansCRU 03/2019microorganisms
Histamine susceptible fishHIS 12/2016histamine
Finfish which has been processed and is ready-to-eat​​FSH 07/2018microorganisms
Marinara​/seafood mixMSM 11/2018biotoxins and microorganisms


Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Brown algae seaweedBSW 12/2016iodine
Hijiki seaweedHJS 10/2016inorganic arsenic

Spices, condiments

Food typeReferenceHazard/tests applied
Paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilliSPI 06/2019

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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