Marinara/seafood mix

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Reference MSM 11/2018

All imported food 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

Marinara/seafood mix is a composite product that contains a variety of different types of seafood, such as crustaceans, fish and molluscs and is not a ready-to-eat product.

Marinara/seafood mix that is risk food includes:

  • raw, cooked or blanched marinara/seafood mix, or a combination thereof
  • chilled or frozen marinara/seafood mix.

Food excluded from this testing  

  • mixed food containing marinara mix as an ingredient; for example, soup or sauce
  • retorted—the final product is in a hermetically sealed (airtight) container and has been heat treated (retorted) within this container so that the final product is shelf stable (not requiring refrigeration).

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.

Hazard testing

Table 1 shows risk food tests applied to imported marinara mix/seafood mix and permitted results.

Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result


Test applied

Permitted result

Microorganisms and biotoxins

Coagulase-positive staphylococci, E. coli, Salmonella







Coagulase-positive staphylococci/ g





E. coli/g





Salmonella/25 g





n = the minimum number of sample units which must be examined from a lot of food
c = the maximum allowable number of defective sample units i.e. that have counts between ‘m’ and ‘M’
m = the acceptable microbiological level in a sample unit
M = the level which when exceeded (i.e. the level is greater than M) in one or more samples would cause the lot to be rejected

Paralytic shellfish poisons (PSP)*

Maximum level 0.8 mg/kg

Domoic acid*

Maximum level 20 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)

* If there is less than 500 g/kg (50%) bivalve mollusc (shellfish) in the marinara/seafood mix, PSP and Domoic acid tests are not required.

Imports from New Zealand

Imports of this food from New Zealand will not be inspected or analysed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. This is because Australia and New Zealand have agreed to mutual recognition for the food safety controls for this food.

Version history


Amendment details

16/11/2018​MSM 11/2018Consolidates risk food webpage for marinara/seafood mix


MSM 05/2014

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

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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