IFN 05-20 – Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) importer declaration forms updates

Date of effect: 24 August 2020

Attention

Food importers and brokers.

Purpose

To advise importers and brokers that the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) importer declaration forms have been updated.

Key points

  • IFIS importer declaration forms have been updated to:
    • make clear that each form must contain only one product from one producer, and the product description matches the commercial invoice
    • better align the terminology for food that does not support the growth of Listeria monocytogenes with Standard 1.6.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
    • cover ready-to-eat heat treated bivalve molluscs.
  • The updated IFIS importer declaration forms must be used when replacing an expiring IFIS imported declaration or when lodging an IFIS importer declaration form for the first time. Previously lodged IFIS importer declaration forms remain valid until their expiration date.
  • There are no changes to the lodgement or assessment process of IFIS importer declaration forms.
  • IFIS declaration forms must not be submitted unless you are able to provide supporting evidence upon request. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.

Instructions

Background

  • IFIS importer declarations are used to inform how certain foods are referred for inspection and analysis. Mandatory and voluntary IFIS importer declarations that currently apply are:

Mandatory

  • Cheese made from unpasteurised milk.

Voluntary

  • Cheese that does not support the growth of Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Cooked crustaceans that do not support the growth of Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Ready-to-eat processed finfish that does not support the growth of Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Ready-to-eat heat treated bivalve molluscs that do not support the growth of Listeria monocytogenes.

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Last reviewed: 29 September 2020
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