Changes to the inspection of risk foods

We are proposing changes to the way we inspect some imported foods. This would mean updates to the Imported Food Control Order 2001.

The Order classifies ‘risk foods’. Under imported food laws, these risk foods are subject to a higher rate of inspection and analysis.

Our proposed changes would affect some:

  • seafood
  • meat
  • cheese
  • dried foods
  • plant products.

These changes are minor and mostly narrow the scope of foods that will be classified as ‘risk foods’.

Second consultation

We launched a second round of consultation in December 2018. This was in response to submissions in the May 2017 consultation.

We sought feedback from key stakeholders on a second consultation paper. This paper provided more detail on:

  • types of bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products that must have government certification
  • hazards that need managing (including biotoxins and viruses in at risk products)
  • border verification testing.

The feedback period for the second paper closed on 8 February 2019.

Read more about the consultation.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand prepared science-based risk statements on the hazards associated with bivalve molluscs and bivalve mollusc products. These are published on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.

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First consultation

We launched the first round of consultation in May 2017.

This consultation sought public feedback on our proposed changes to the inspection and analysis of imported food.

Read more about the consultation.

Download first consultation paper

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Proposals for changes to the inspection and analysis of imported foods – May 2017 PDFPDF Icon22884 KB
Proposals for changes to the inspection and analysis of imported foods – May 2017 DOC Word Icon22123 KB

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Read the Exposure Draft and Explanatory Notes

Provides further information about the proposed changes.

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Exposure Draft PDF PDF Icon10424 KB
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Explanatory Notes PDF PDF Icon8254 KB
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