Import Goods RSS https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ en IFN 03-20 – COVID-19 impact on the Imported Food Inspection Scheme https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn03-20 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 03-20 – COVID-19 impact on the Imported Food Inspection Scheme</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 2020-03-30 15:39</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Date of effect:</strong> 30 March 2020</p> <h2>Attention</h2> <p>Food importers and brokers.</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>To advise importers and brokers that we are working to manage risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to provide an update on current operations under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS). </p> <h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>The IFIS is currently fully operational including inspection officers and documentation assessment staff.</li> <li>A range of safety practices have been implemented, including the use of personal protective equipment in accordance with recommendations made by the Australian Department of Health to border agencies. </li> <li>These measures ensure adequate safeguards for inspectors, staff at businesses where inspections take place and other interactions with the broader community.</li> <li>Appointed analysts have advised there are currently no changes to the testing of food samples. </li> <li>We will provide updates if the operation of the IFIS is affected. </li> </ul> <h2>Instructions</h2> <ul> <li>Check our <a href="/biosecurity/coronavirus">website</a> regularly or <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe">subscribe</a> to our mailing list for up to date information.</li> <li>Check <a href="/import/industry-advice/2020">Import Industry advice notices</a> for up to date information on Biosecurity Operations.</li> </ul> <h2>Subscribe for updates</h2> <p>Stay updated on changes to the requirements for imported food. Subscribe to the Imported food inspection scheme <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe">imported food notices</a>.</p></div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 04:39:00 +0000 Van.Dang 8818 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 02-20 – Food allergen management https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn02-20 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 02-20 – Food allergen management </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/38" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paul.Grocott</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2020-02-19 16:02</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Date of effect: </strong>19 February 2020</p> <h2>Attention</h2> <p>Food importers.</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>To remind importers of the importance of understanding the supply chain for foods they import and any potential for allergen cross contact to inform risk management including appropriate allergen labelling. Recent recalls of pesto and other products for undeclared peanut has highlighted this issue.</p> <h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Allergen cross-contact occurs when an allergenic food, or ingredient, is unintentionally incorporated into another food that is not intended to contain it and is not labelled accordingly.</li> <li>Allergen cross-contact can occur at any point in the supply chain, including growing, harvesting, storing, transporting, processing, manufacturing and packaging.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Food importers should identify the potential for the food or ingredients they are importing to be contaminated with allergens. Seek assurances from overseas suppliers that controls are in place during primary production through to processing to prevent cross-contact of allergens.&nbsp; Where contamination is unavoidable, labelling of the allergens is required.</li> <li>Information on food allergen management and labelling for the food industry is available from the <a href="https://www.afgc.org.au/" target="_blank">Australian Food and Grocery Council</a> and the <a href="http://www.allergenbureau.net/" target="_blank">Allergen Bureau</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>Background</h2> <p>There have been a number of food recalls related to undeclared allergens, in Australia and internationally.</p> <p>Most recently, pesto and associated products were recalled because they contained an undeclared allergen (peanut). Peanut had contaminated one of the ingredients (processed cashew) used in these products. The recall included imported products and product manufactured in Australia from imported ingredients.</p> <p>Information about these recalls can be found on the <a href="https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/generalissues/Pages/-Undeclared-peanut-in-imported-pesto-products-containing-cashews.aspx" target="_blank">Food Standards Australia New Zealand</a> website.</p> <h2>Subscribe for updates</h2> <p>Stay updated on changes to the requirements for imported food. Subscribe to the <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe" target="_blank">Imported Food Inspection Scheme.</a></p> </div> Wed, 19 Feb 2020 05:02:25 +0000 Paul.Grocott 8694 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 01-20 – Publication of holding order instruments https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn01-20 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 01-20 – Publication of holding order instruments</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 2020-01-13 15:35</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Date of effect:</strong> 13 January 2020</p> <h2>Attention</h2> <p>Importers and brokers acting on behalf of importers.</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>To advise importers and brokers that under subsection 15(9) of the <em>Imported Food Control Act 1992</em> (the Act) the department has now published holding order and revocation instruments on our website. This notice supersedes IFN 12-19 – Publication of Holding Order instruments.</p> <h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Holding order and revocation instruments will be published monthly on the <a href="/import/goods/food/inspection-compliance/holding-orders">holding orders for imported food</a> webpage. These instruments will be published concurrently with the monthly <a href="/import/goods/food/inspection-compliance/failing-food-reports">failing food report</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Holding order instruments related to label or risk food fails will not be published.</li> <li>Importers of failing food will continue to receive notification when a holding order has been applied and why.</li> </ul> <h2>Background</h2> <ul> <li>Holding orders are legal instruments issued under the <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2004A04512" target="_blank">Imported Food Control Act 1992</a> applied to food that: <ul> <li>has failed to comply with Australian standards,</li> <li>is subject to a food recall or other incident and it is suspected it would not comply with Australian standards, or</li> <li>there is evidence of a food safety issue with the food.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Under a holding order food is referred for inspection until a history of compliance can be demonstrated and then the holding order is revoked. This normally occurs after five consecutive passes or there have been no imports of a comparable consignment and the holding order has not been matched in two years from its implementation date.</li> <li>We can also apply a temporary holding order on a food suspected of posing a serious risk to human health while the food safety risk is investigated. This emergency provision provides for the food to be held for up to 28 days, which can then be extended.</li> </ul> <h2>Subscribe for updates</h2> <p>Stay updated on changes to the requirements for imported food. Subscribe to the <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe" target="_blank">Imported Food Inspection Scheme.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 04:35:58 +0000 Van.Dang 8599 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 21-19 – Order amendment to classify pure and highly concentrated caffeine products as risk food https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn21-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 21-19 – Order amendment to classify pure and highly concentrated caffeine products as risk food</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 2019-12-16 11:54</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Date of effect:</strong> 16 December 2019</p> <h2>Attention</h2> <p>Importers, and brokers acting on behalf of importers, of pure and highly concentrated caffeine products.</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>To advise importers and brokers that the <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L01233" target="_blank">Imported Food Control Order 2019 (the Order)</a> was amended to classify pure and highly concentrated caffeine products as risk food.  </p> <h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>On 12 December 2019 the Order was amended to classify pure and highly concentrated caffeine products as risk food.</li> <li>A pure and highly concentrated caffeine product is a food in which caffeine is present at a concentration of: <ol type="a"> <li> 5% or greater, if the food is a solid or semi-solid food (non-liquid); or</li> <li>1% or greater, if the food is a liquid food.</li> </ol> </li> <li>This change enables the department to enforce the prohibition in Standard 1.1.1 of the <a href="https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code</a> (the Code) on imports of pure and highly concentrated caffeine products intended for retail sale.</li> </ul> <h2>Instructions</h2> <p>Instructions for importers and brokers importing pure and highly concentrated caffeine products can be viewed on the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="1c4f56ba-c6c2-4f2d-bbc5-3f5167b82a4e" href="/import/goods/food/inspection-compliance/risk-food/highly-caffeinated-products" target="_blank" title="Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products">pure and highly concentrated caffeine products</a> webpage.</p> <h2>Background</h2> <p>In July 2019, the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport, the Hon Richard Colbeck and the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) provide information about current caffeine permissions in the Code. FSANZ were asked to prepare preliminary recommendations for strengthening regulations and consumer warnings in relation to caffeine powder and high caffeine content products.</p> <p>In September 2019, FSANZ published its findings of the review in the report on the safety of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products. FSANZ put forward five recommendations including an urgent proposal to amend the Code to prohibit the retail sale of these products. These recommendations were agreed to by Minister Colbeck.</p> <p>In November 2019, FSANZ undertook public consultation on the proposal, <a href="https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/proposals/Pages/P1054.aspx" target="_blank">Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products</a> (P1054) to amend the Code. Following this, Standard 1.1.1 of the Code was amended on 12 December 2019 to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine products.</p> <h2>Subscribe for updates</h2> <p>Stay updated on changes to the requirements for imported food. <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe" target="_blank">Subscribe</a> to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.</p> </div> Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:54:04 +0000 Van.Dang 8529 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 19-19 – Proposal to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine products https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn19-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 19-19 – Proposal to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine products</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/38" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paul.Grocott</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 2019-11-19 16:18</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Date of issue: 6 November 2019</p> <p>Date of effect: Immediate</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>To advise importers that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has commenced public consultation on an urgent proposal to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products in Australia and New Zealand. If this prohibition proceeds, it will impact on the importation of these food products.</p> <h2>Key points</h2> <ul type="disc"> <li>On 1 November 2019, FSANZ commenced public consultation on an urgent proposal (<a href="http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/proposals/Pages/P1054.aspx" target="_blank">P1054 – Pure and highly concentrated caffeine products</a>) to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products in Australia and New Zealand.</li> <li>More information on the FSANZ proposal and how to make a submission are available on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/proposals/Pages/P1054.aspx" target="_blank">FSANZ website</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Submissions close 6pm AE</strong><strong>S</strong><strong>T Thursday 14 November 2019.</strong></li> <li>In response to FSANZ’s proposal, we have sought urgent advice from FSANZ on the food safety risk posed by these products being imported into Australia.</li> <li>Should the advice state that pure and highly concentrated caffeine products present a potential medium or high risk to public health, we will seek to classify these foods as risk under the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/F2019L01233" target="_blank">Imported Food Control Order 2019</a>&nbsp;(the Order). This will enable the department to effectively target and prohibit the entry of these products at the border through the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.</li> </ul> <h2>Background</h2> <p>The FSANZ proposal (P1054) follows a review conducted by FSANZ in August 2019 which found the availability of pure caffeine for retail sale poses an unacceptably high risk to consumers, and should be prohibited.</p> <p>In September 2019 Minister Colbeck agreed to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/Pages/Review-of-caffeine.aspx" target="_blank">all recommendations made by FSANZ</a>&nbsp;in its Report on the safety of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products.&nbsp;Recommendation one from the Report was&nbsp;the preparation of an urgent proposal to amend the Code to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products. This urgent proposal (P1054) is now available for a 10 day public consultation period.</p> <p>Section 16 of the&nbsp;<em>Imported Food Control Act 1992</em>&nbsp;provides for the Minister to make orders identifying foods that are required to be inspected or inspected and analysed under the Scheme. The Scheme specifically provides for the Minister to make orders classifying foods as ‘risk foods’ if FSANZ has advised that a food presents a potential medium or high risk to public health. These risk foods are specified in the Order.</p> <h2>Subscribe for updates</h2> <p>To receive updates when changes are made to the requirements for imported food, use the following link to subscribe to the&nbsp;<a href="/subscriptions">Imported Food Inspection Scheme</a>.</p> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:18:38 +0000 Paul.Grocott 8381 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 18-19 – Record keeping requirements for traceability https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn18-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 18-19 – Record keeping requirements for traceability</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eysuper</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 2019-11-07 15:39</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label" class="ms-rtestate-field" id="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01__ControlWrapper_RichHtmlField" style="display:inline"> <p>Issued: 4 October 2019</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>The purpose of this notice is to advise importers about the new record-keeping requirements for traceability under the <em>Imported Food Control Act 1992</em> that came into force on 1 October 2019.</p> <p>Traceability is the ability to track any food through all stages of the food chain (from production to distribution). The records you keep should allow food that is imported to be traced one step forward and one step back.</p> <h2>What records must be kept</h2> <p>Food importers, or the owner of the food at the time of importation, must keep the following information in relation to the food being imported:</p> <ul> <li>a name or description of the food sufficient to indicate its true nature</li> <li>batch or lot identification for the food</li> <li>name of the person, business name, street address and telephone number or email address of the producer of the food</li> <li>name of the person, business name, street address and telephone number or email address of customers that have received the food</li> <li>the date the food was received and the date when it was dispatched to customers</li> <li>the volume or quantity of the food involved in each transaction.</li> </ul> <p>Records may be kept in a manual or electronic system but must be kept for five years.</p> <p>The legislative instrument that details which records must be retained, the Imported Food Control (Recordkeeping) Determination 2019, is published on the <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L01294" target="_blank">Federal Register of Legislation</a>.</p> <h2>Background</h2> <p>Occasionally something goes wrong in the food supply chain that leads to a possible or confirmed risk to human health associated with a food. When these incidents occur it is important that action is taken quickly to minimise any public health risk. Having records that support effective food traceability helps locate and prevent contaminated products reaching consumers.</p> <p>The <em>Imported Food Control Act 1992</em> now includes record-keeping requirements in Part 3A. This is to ensure that the owner of the imported food can, if requested, provide information about a food quickly. This enables the imported food to be tracked within the food supply chain when a food safety risk has been identified with the food.</p> <p>If traceability records are required for a food incident associated with an imported food, the department will contact you and request this information.</p> <p>You may be liable to an offence should you fail to keep and retain records and be unable to produce records if requested by the department.</p> <h2>Subscribe for updates</h2> <p>To receive updates when changes are made to the requirements for imported food, use the following link to subscribe to the <a href="/subscriptions">Imported Food Inspection Scheme</a>.</p> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 04:39:39 +0000 eysuper 2182 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 17-19 - Amendment to the Imported Food Control Order https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn17-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 17-19 - Amendment to the Imported Food Control Order</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eysuper</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 2019-11-07 15:38</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label" class="ms-rtestate-field" id="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01__ControlWrapper_RichHtmlField" style="display:inline"> <p>Issued: 1 October 2019</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>The purpose of this notice is to advise importers and brokers about the outcome of the remake of the Imported Food Control Order 2019 (Order) which takes effect on 1 October 2019.</p> <h2>What has changed</h2> <p>From 1 October 2019 the previous Imported Food Control Order 2001 will ‘sunset’ and cease to be law. The remade Order enables the continued operation of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.</p> <p>The only change to the remade Order is the inclusion of a classification for surveillance food at subsection 5(6). The classification of surveillance food is as a result of amendments to the <em>Imported Food Control Act 1992 </em>and the remaking of the Imported Food Control Regulations 2019.</p> <p>This change does not introduce new requirements for food importers or the way imported food is referred to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.</p> <p>The revised Order is published on the <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L01233" target="_blank">Federal Register of Legislation</a><a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L01006" target="_blank">.</a></p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Find more information on <u><a href="/import/goods/food/legislation/review-imported-food-control-order">review of the Imported Food Control Order</a></u> on our website.</p> <p>Further enquiries can be made by emailing <a href="mailto:foodimp@agriculture.gov.au">Imported Food Enquiries</a>.</p> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 04:38:24 +0000 eysuper 2181 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 10-19 – Temporary cessation of carbon monoxide testing of tuna and barramundi https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn10-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 10-19 – Temporary cessation of carbon monoxide testing of tuna and barramundi</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eysuper</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 2019-11-07 15:28</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label" class="ms-rtestate-field" id="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01__ControlWrapper_RichHtmlField" style="display:inline"> <p><strong>Issued:</strong> 30 May 2019</p> <h2>Purpose</h2> <p>The purpose of this notice is to advise importers and brokers about a temporary cessation of border controls for the inspection and analysis of <a href="/import/goods/food/notices/ifn12-18">carbon monoxide (CO) treatment of fresh, chilled or frozen tuna and barramundi fillets, portions and cutlets</a>.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>We are temporarily ceasing surveillance testing of these foods while a comparative review takes place. The appointed analyst under the <a href="/import/goods/food/inspection-compliance/inspection-scheme">Imported Food Inspection Scheme</a> is reviewing the current method of testing against other methods used internationally for verification purposes.</p> <h2>When will this change take effect?</h2> <p>The department will temporarily cease testing on 30 May 2019. Information about recommencement of testing will be published following the review.</p> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 04:28:00 +0000 eysuper 2855 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 2019-41 - Horticulture Exports Program – Further changes in export conditions for fruit to the European Union https://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/plants-plant-products/ian/2019/2019-41 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2019-41 - Horticulture Exports Program – Further changes in export conditions for fruit to the European Union</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eysuper</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 2019-11-04 21:33</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"> <div id="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01__ControlWrapper_RichHtmlField" class="ms-rtestate-field" style="display:inline" aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label"><p>24 September 2019</p><h2>Purpose</h2><p>This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise of updated phytosanitary conditions for certain fruit exports to the European Union (EU), following previous industry advice on 30 August 2019.</p><h2>Summary of changes and key points</h2><ul><li>The EU has concluded their review of the conditions for exports of the following fruit: <ul><li>Citrus (<em>Citrus </em>spp.)</li><li>Mangoes (<em>Mangifera </em>spp.)</li><li>Stonefruit (<em>Prunus </em>spp.)</li><li>Solanaceae. </li></ul></li><li>The below export pathways will now be permitted: <ul><li>Citrus, mangoes and stonefruit sourced from a recognised fruit fly pest free area (Tephritidae species – non-European)</li><li>Citrus, mangoes and stonefruit exported with phytosanitary treatment </li><li>Solanaceae sourced from areas free from <em>Bactericera cockerelli.</em></li></ul></li><li>The below commodities will now require a phytosanitary certificate: <ul><li>Kiwifruit (<em>Actinidia</em> spp) </li><li>Papaya (<em>Carica papaya</em>)</li><li>Strawberries (<em>Fragaria</em> spp)</li><li>Avocado (<em>Persea Americana</em>)</li><li>Raspberries, Blackberries (<em>Rubus</em> spp)</li><li>Lilly pilly (<em>Syzygium</em> spp)</li><li>Grapes (<em>Vitis </em>spp).</li></ul></li><li>The department’s <a href="https://micor.agriculture.gov.au/Plants/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Manual of Importing Country Requirements</a> (MICoR) has been updated to reflect the changes. </li></ul><h2>Future changes</h2><ul><li>The EU is introducing further changes to their Plant Health rules commencing 14 December 2019.</li><li>From 14 December 2019, all plants (including living parts of plants) will need to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.</li><li>The department will issue further advice closer to the commencement date.</li></ul><h2>Exporters responsibilities<br /></h2><p>Exporters should continue to check MICoR for updates prior to planning the export of all plant and plant product consignments to the EU.</p><h2>Background </h2><p>The EU have conducted a review of their current conditions under the <em>Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.</em></p><p>The EU are enforcing amended conditions under the <em>Council Directive 2000/29/EC. </em> </p><p>The current EU <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity/legislation_en" target="_blank">Plant Health Legislation</a> and <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity/legislation/new_eu_rules_en" target="_blank">information about future changes</a> is available on the European Commission website.<br /> Industry was notified about the review on 30 August 2019 via <a href="/export/controlled-goods/plants-plant-products/ian/2019/2019-40">IAN 2019-40</a>.</p><h2>Contact information</h2><p>If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email the <a href="mailto:horticultureexports@agriculture.gov.au">Horticulture Exports Program</a>.</p><p> </p><p>David Ironside<br /> Assistant Secretary<br /> Plant Export Operations Branch</p> <br /></div> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:33:43 +0000 eysuper 7113 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au IFN 08-19 – Understanding the Food Control Certificate https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn08-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IFN 08-19 – Understanding the Food Control Certificate</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eysuper</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 2019-11-04 17:33</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"> <div id="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01__ControlWrapper_RichHtmlField" class="ms-rtestate-field" style="display:inline" aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label"><p>​29 April 2019</p><h2>Purpose</h2><p> The purpose of this notice is to remind importers of their responsibilities when the department issues them with a Food Control Certificate. </p><h2> Food Control Certificate</h2><p> The Food Control Certificate (FCC) is an electronic direction issued by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources advising the owner of the imported food, which may be the importer or broker, that an entry of food has been referred for inspection under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. The FCC states which lines of the import declaration are required to be inspected, or inspected and analysed. The FCC also advises what analytical tests are required.</p><p> Section 13 of the <em>Imported Food Control Act 1992</em> specifies that the Food Control Certificate is in a form approved by the delegate. The current version of the Food Control Certificate is here: </p><h3>Download</h3><table width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2" summary="Table description"><thead><tr><th align="left">Document</th><th align="right">Pages</th><th align="right">File size</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td align="left"><a href="/sites/default/files/sitecollectiondocuments/importing/ifn08-19-food-control-certificate.pdf" target="_blank">Food Control Certificate PDF</a> <img alt="PDF Icon" src="/sites/default/files/sitecollectionimages/common/pdf.gif" style="padding:0px;" /></td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">36 KB</td></tr></tbody></table><h2> What importers need to do</h2><p> Upon receipt of a FCC the owner of the food is required to book an inspection by contacting the department. Details on how to do this are included on the FCC. Food required to be inspected must remain on hold and cannot be distributed until the inspection has taken place. </p><p> The owner of the food needs to pay particular attention to the ‘Additional Directions’ section on the FCC as this field includes additional directions on what documents must be presented to the authorised imported food officer at the inspection.  Documents required at inspection include:</p><ul><li>lot or can code lists and quantities per lot or can codes, invoices, packing lists, line identification and a copy of the Food Control Certificate.</li></ul><p>Failure to provide these documents will result in the inspection being cancelled and fees applied. </p><p> All goods identified in the ‘Inspection or inspection &amp; analysis required’ section of the FCC must be fully unpacked to provide unobstructed access to all cartons within the lots identified for inspection, enabling authorised officers to verify the number of cartons as per the lot code list and perform random sampling.  The importer or agent must be present at the time of inspection. Failure to provide unobstructed access can result in the inspection being cancelled and fees applied.</p><p> For sampling of oversized and/or frozen food items, importers or their storage providers, are requested to assist by providing a representative, who may be required to use sampling tools, to take the sample under the supervision of an authorised imported food officer. Please ensure this support is available prior to booking your inspection. </p><p> All documents must comply with the department’s minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy.</p><div><div> </div> </div> ​</div> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 06:33:58 +0000 eysuper 2854 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au