IFN 11-19 – Changes to the profile questions for paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli

Issued: 13 June 2019

Purpose

The purpose of this notice is to advise brokers and importers about changes to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) Community Protection (CP) profile questions for paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli that come into effect for all entries lodged from 13 July 2019.

These changes are being made following the Department of Agriculture’s re-consideration of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) risk statement for dried paprika and pepper, and a review of the responses provided to the current CP questions since their implementation in August 2018.

What has changed?

The CP questions are being changed to remove the reference to pepper and paprika that is ready-to-eat without further cooking.

These questions were previously included so products that will undergo further processing including heat treatment, were not referred for testing. However, a review of the responses to these questions showed that products that require testing were not being referred.

Products excluded from the testing are limited to those being imported for manufacturing purposes. For example, pepper in bulk containers for non-retail sale that will only be used as an ingredient in products that will be cooked. The department will now require a written declaration for an exemption from the testing to be granted.

Community protection questions

From 13 July 2019, two new IFIS CP questions will be applied to goods lodged in the ICS under relevant tariff codes.

The new IFIS CP questions will replace the two existing questions and will be:

IFIS: Are the goods pepper or peppercorn?

IFIS: Are the goods paprika, dried chilli, dried capsicum or other dried fruits of the genus capsicum or pimenta?

If accompanied by a written declaration, goods that are for further processing involving heat treatment may be exempt from Salmonella testing.

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Last reviewed: 7 November 2019
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