Tahini, halva, hummus, baba ghanouj and other food containing sesame
Sesame seeds and sesame seed products
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Reference SES 05/2014
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
Sesame seeds (broken and unbroken) for human consumption are classified as risk food. This risk food typically includes sesame seed based products such as:
- tahini or sesame paste
- sesame based halva/halwa/halawa
- baba ghanouj/baba ghanouge
- sesame flour or powder.
Food excluded from this testing
- sesame seed oil
- bakery products where sesame seeds are used as a topping or garnish
- 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.
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 sesame seeds and sesame seed products and permitted results.
Table 1 Hazard, test applied and permitted result
Not detected in any 25 g sample unit
Label and composition assessment
Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods