161-2018 - Reminder: Biosecurity batch labelling requirements for uncooked peeled prawns

13 November 2018

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers of uncooked peeled prawns for human consumption, and associated industry participants and retailers.


Each primary package must include a batch number that aligns with the batch number detailed on the accompanying health certificate.

Primary packaging is the retail ready or commercial packaging of the product. Secondary packaging (i.e. the outer carton) is not considered the primary packaging.

Missing batch details on primary packaging and batch numbers identified only on the secondary packaging are not compliant with Australia’s import conditions for uncooked prawns.

Consignments that fail to meet import conditions must be exported, disposed of or treated (i.e. cooked) at a facility with an approved arrangement.

Further information

For more information, please see the following dedicated webpage uncooked prawns. Enhanced import conditions can also be found at Biosecurity advice 2017-12.

If you require further information please call 1800 900 090 or email Imports.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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