Cassava chips or crackers that are ready-to-eat

​​​​Cassava chips

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Reference CAS 09/2016

All imported food must comply with Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

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

Chips, crackers and snacks made from sweet cassava (also known as tapioca, manioc, mandioca, aipim or yuca) that are packaged and ready to eat with no further preparation required are classified as risk food. This includes:

  • packaged and ready to eat cassava chips or crisps
  • packaged and ready to eat cassava crackers; for example, ‘vege’ crackers
  • packaged and ready to eat snacks from cassava.

Food excluded from this testing  

  • raw cassava
  • cassava pellets or cassava chips that are for use in further processing
  • mixed foods that contain cassava chips.

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.

Hazard testing

Table 1 shows risk food tests applied to imported ready to eat cassava chips and permitted results.

Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result


Test applied

Permitted result

Hydrocyanic acid

Hydrocyanic acid

Maximum level 10 mg/kg

Label and composition assessment

Food Standards Code chapters 1 and 2

Visual assessment

Imported Food Control Act 1992 section 3(2)(a)(vii) and 3(2)(b)

Version history


Amendment details


CAS 05/2014

Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods


CAS 09/2016

Amendment to advise that sweet cassava is also known as tapioca, manioc, mandioca, aipim or yuca

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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