Cooked chicken meat

​​​​​Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat​​​

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Reference HEN 09/2015​​

All imported food must comply with Australia’s biosecurity import conditions.

Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat which does not meet biosecurity requirements is not permitted into Australia. Only ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat from New Zealand which meets import conditions is permitted.

All food must be safe, suitable and compliant

All food businesses in Australia, including food importers, have direct responsibility under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and Australian state and territory food regulation to ensure the products imported by them are safe suitable and compliant. Evidence may be required to demonstrate the products meet Australia’s food standards.

The Department of Agriculture operates a risk-based approach to food safety. Risk food will be monitored for specific hazards under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

Food safety assessment 

Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat is assessed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as a medium or high risk to public health for the hazard Listeria monocytogenes. Further information on FSANZ advice on im​ported food can be found on the FSANZ website.

Imported Food Inspection Scheme risk food

Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat for human consumption is classified as risk food. This includes cooked chicken fillets or pieces that have been cut, sliced, diced, marinated or flavoured.

This does not include chicken meat which is retorted—the final product is in a hermetically sealed (airtight) container and has been heat treated within this container so that the final product is shelf stable (not requiring refrigeration).

Imports from New Zealand

Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat from New Zealand will not be subject to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. Australia and New Zealand have agreed to mutual recognition for the food safety controls for this risk food. This food is recognised under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

Contact us

If biosecurity requirements change and you are issued with an import permit for ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat from a country other than New Zealand, contact imported food to discuss the requirements of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

Version history


Amendment details

01/5/2014HEN 05/2014Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods


HEN 09/2015

Description of food changed from ‘Cooked chicken meat’ to ‘Ready-to-eat cooked chicken meat’ based on FSANZ risk assessment advice

Information clarifies that biosecurity requirements restrict imports of this food from any country other than NZ, which is recognised under the TTMRA.
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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