Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products

Reference CAF 12/2019

Biosecurity requirements

All imported food must comply with Australia’s biosecurity import conditions. Check the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) for import conditions.

All biosecurity requirements must be met before Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) requirements apply.

Imported Food Inspection Scheme risk food

Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products for retail sale are prohibited under Standard 1.1.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. These foods are classified as risk food in the Imported Food Control Order 2019.

If the food is ready for retail sale and caffeine is present at a concentration of:

  • 1% (1g/100mL) or greater, if the food is a liquid food, or
  • 5% (5g/100g) or greater, if the food is a solid or semi-solid food (non-liquid)

imports of this food will be failed at the border. Importers will be directed to destroy or export the food.

Food excluded from this testing

Pure caffeine that is not for retail sale, i.e. for further processing or manufacturing purposes.

Community Protection (CP) question

Two CP questions have been introduced to refer pure or highly concentrated caffeine products to the IFIS.

CP question 1:

IFIS: DO THE GOODS CONTAIN CAFFEINE IN A CONCENTRATION EQUAL TO, OR GREATER THAN 1% (1G/100ML) FOR LIQUID FORM, OR 5% (5G/100G) FOR POWDER OR OTHER NON-LIQUID FORM?

This CP question is asked on the following tariffs:

2106901060; 2106909044; 2106909065; 18063100; 18063200; 1806900018; 1905900069; 2202100003; 2202990006 

CP question 2:

IFIS: ARE THE GOODS READY FOR RETAIL SALE?

This CP question will be asked on the following tariff only: 293930.

The department will monitor the answers to these CP questions. Consistent with the department’s minimum document requirements policy, the department expects that importers and brokers will maintain records of the information used to substantiate answers to CP questions. The department may require brokers and importers to present this information upon request for compliance or verification activities. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.

Clearance

Table 1 shows the tests that apply to imported pure and highly concentrated caffeine products and their permitted results.

Table 1 Hazard, test applied and compliance requirement
Hazard Test applied Compliance requirement
Caffeine Label and composition assessment Food Standards Code chapters 1 and 2 (including Standard 1.1.1)
Visual assessment Imported Food Control Act 1992 section 3(2)(a)(vii) and 3(2)(b)

Version history

Date Amendment details
16 December 2019 CAF 12/2019 Original version of webpage published on website

 

Last reviewed: 20 January 2020
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