Brown algae seaweed
Brown algae/seaweed vegetables
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Reference BSW 12/2016
All imported brown algae/seaweed vegetables for human consumption must comply with Australia’s biosecurity import conditions.
Check the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) to determine if the food you intend to import requires an import permit or a treatment or if it must meet any other conditions. All biosecurity requirements must be met before Imported Food Inspection Scheme requirements apply.
Imported Food Inspection Scheme risk food
Species (or genus) of brown algae/seaweed vegetables belonging to the scientific class Phyophyceae or Phaeophyceae, that is dried, fresh or frozen for human consumption is classified as risk food.
The following Community Protection (CP) question is applied to goods lodged in the ICS under tariff code 1212.21: Seaweeds and other algae: Fit for human consumption:
IFIS: Are the goods seaweed of the Phyophyceae or Phaeophyceae class (Brown Seaweed)?
Search 'Brown Seaweed' at www.agriculture.gov.au for more information.
The department anticipates that importers/brokers will know the species or genus of the seaweed as the scientific names of seaweed are required (as per BICON) as a condition of import. To answer the lodgement question the importer/broker will need to confirm whether the species is a member of the scientific class Phyophyceae or Phaeophyceae. See Table 2 on this web page.
Food excluded from this testing
- all other algae or seaweed
- food containing brown algae/seaweed vegetables as an ingredient; for example, soup and salad.
Risk food sampling
When goods are referred for inspection and testing, an authorised officer:
- will take samples for each product type
- will take five sample units per lot for analysis.
For more detail on sampling refer to Imported Food Notice 03-11 Food sampling under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.
Table 1 shows risk food tests applied to imported brown algae/ seaweed vegetables and permitted results.
Maximum level 1000 mg/kg dry weight
Label and composition assessment
Examples of common names used for different kinds of brown algae & uses‡
Aokombu, Atlantic kombu, common kelp, Cow’s tail, cuvie, cuvy, fingered tangle, Haidai Dashima, Horsetail tangle, horsetail kelp, kelp, Kombu, kombu Breton, Konbu, may weed, oarweed, oarweed kelp, Saccharina japonica (previously recognised name), sea club, sea girdle/s, sea-girdles, sea rod/s, sea tangle, sea wand, slack marrow, Suboshi kombu, tangle, Wild kelp, southern stiff-stiped kelp, split blade kelp, split-fan kelp, split kelp, stiff-stiped kelp, red ware, red wrack, redware, Hai-tai.
apron-ribbon vegetable, Asian kelp, Japanese kelp, sea mustard, wakame, precious sea grass, fougère des mers, kada-me, , mekabu, niki-me, wakame, haiboshi wakame, haijiecai, Quandai-cai, miyeok.
Binder's Sargassum Weed, common kelp, cattle sargassum weed, gulf weed, gulfweed, holly limu, Japanese sargasso weed, Japanese weed, Japanese wireweed, japweed, sargassum algae, sargassum grass, strangleweed, tuna weed, turtle limu, wireweed, Sargasse, Sargasso, Hijiki, hiziki, Hoshi hiziki, Deer tail grass, Sheep nest grass, Hizikia fusiformis, hondawara, tama-hahaki-moku, , hai ti tun, hoi tsou.
Atlantic wakame, badderlocks, bladder locks, bladderlochs, bladderlock/s, dabberlocks, daberlocks, drilly kelp, edible focus, edible kelp, henware, honey ware, honeyware, horsetail kelp, Irish wakame, keys, murlins, oarweed, Pacific coast wakame, Pacific wakame, ribbon kelp, short stipe alaria, stringy kelp, tangle, wakame, wild Atlantic wakame, wing kelp, winged kelp, American wakame
Kelp, sea oak, southern sea pal, Arame, Kajimi, Sagarame
common kelp, leather kelp, paddle weed, sea bamboo, Kajime, kamtae
Arctic wrack, black tang, black tany, black wrack, blackweed, bladder fucus, bladder wrack, bladderwrack, bubble kelp, dyer's fucus, dyers fucus, flat wrack, fucus, fucus tips, horned wrack, jelly bags, kelp, kelp-ware, lady wrack, paddy tang, popping wrack, popweed, red fucus, rock weed, rock wrack, rockweed, rockwrack, saw wrack, sea oak, sea ware, sea wrack, sea-ware, serrated wrack, spiral wrack, spiraling rockweed, spiralled wrack, swine tang, toothed wrack, varech, Wrack, Cut weed.
Antarctica algae, bull kelp, Cape kelp, Cape, Thonged, Cochayuyo, Huilte, Ulte, coyofe,Cochajugo, Chamisso, Hulpe, rimurapa, rimuroa, southern bull-kelp
Asco, egg wrack, Grisetang, knobbed wrack, knotted kelp, knotted wrack, lichen belt, Norwegian kelp, pigweed, rock weed, rockweed, sea whistle, wrack, yellow tang
Postelsia spp. (e.g.
sea palm, sea palm kelp, Palm seaweed
‡ This list is not exhaustive and other common names exist. Information taken from: (Teas et al. 2004; FSANZ 2011e; Fraser 2012; Guiry and Guiry 2015).
Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods
|21/10/2016||BSW 10/2016||Added guidance for importers/brokers when answering CP lodgement question applied to imports of seaweed.|
|15/12/2016||BSW 12/2016||Include table of kinds of brown seaweed that are members of the scientific class Phyophyceae or Phaeophyceae.|