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FSANZ advice on imported food

​​Last updated: October 2021

We provide advice to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on whether imported ​foods pose a potential medium or high risk to public health and safety. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment uses this advice to manage food safety risks at the border.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment inspects imported food to check it meets Australian public health and safety requirements and to ensure it complies with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. See the department’s website for information about the Imported Food Inspection Scheme and for answers to frequently asked questions about imported food.

We take an evidence-based approach to determine food safety risks. Our imported food risk assessment document describes how we assess food safety risks from foods imported into Australia. Completed assessments are listed below.

Biosecurity restrictions are in place for food such as meat, fruit, eggs, vegetables and dairy products from certain countries. For this reason, any foods listed below that do not meet biosecurity requirements will not be allowed into Australia. Please refer to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website for more information about Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

Completed imported food risk statements

FoodMicroorganism / analyte / contaminantIs it medium to high risk? Date of assessment(latest update)

Bean curd

Bacillus cereus
(PDF 57 kb)
(Word 498 kb)
​No​November 2016

​​Beef - fresh raw beef and beef products ​ ​

Campylobacter jejuni/coli
(PDF 451 kb)
(Word 70 kb)
​No​September 2017 ​ ​
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 488 kb)
(Word 78 kb)
​Yes
Escherichia coli Shiga toxin-producing
(PDF 414 kb)
(Word 83 kb)
​Yes

Berries - dried, ready-to-eat

​Hepatitis A virus​
(PDF 267​​ kb)
(Word 82 kb)
​YesJuly 2021

​Berries – fresh and frozen, ready-to-eat

​Hepatitis A virus​
(PDF 266​​ kb)
(Word 89 kb)
​Yes


June 2021​

​ ​ ​Bivalve molluscs ​ ​ ​

​Azaspiracid-group toxins

(PDF 778 kb)

(Word 77 kb)

​No​January 2021 ​ ​
​Brevetoxin-group toxins

(PDF 731 kb)

(Word 75 kb)

​No
​Okadaic acid-group toxins

(PDF 786 kb)

(Word 91 kb)

​No
​Hepatitis A virus
(PDF 214 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
​Yes​July 2017 ​
​Norovirus
(PDF 207 kb)
(Word 55 kb)
​Yes
​Domoic acid
(PDF 271 kb)
(Word 84​ kb)
​Yes​June 2021​
​Saxitoxin-group toxins
(PDF 268 kb)
(Word 88​ kb)
​Yes
Bivalve molluscs - ready-to-eat processed Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 596 kb)
(Word 66 kb)
​Yes​November 2016
Brown seaweed of the Phaeophyceaeclass​Iodine
(PDF 629 kb)
(Word 74 kb)
​Yes​March 2016
​​Caffeine - pure and highly concentrated caffeine products​​Caffeine
(PDF 504 kb)
(Word 64 kb)
​Yes​March 2020
Cassava chips - ready to eat ​Hydrocyanic acid
(PDF 542 kb)
(Word 65 kb)
​Yes​March 2016
Cooked poultry meat ​Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 711 kb)
(Word 89 kb)
​Yes​September 2019
Cheese (production includes a heat treatment step) ​ ​ ​ ​Brucella spp.
(PDF 545 kb)
(Word 52 kb)
​No​July 2015 ​ ​ ​ ​
Mycobacterium bovis
(PDF 544 kb)
(Word 51 kb)
​No
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 551 kb)
(Word 65 kb)
​No
​Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 554 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
​No
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 553 kb)
(Word 64 kb)
​No
Cheese (production includes a heat treatment step) in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occurListeria monocytogenes
(PDF 595 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
​Yes​July 2015
Cheese (production includes a heat treatment step) in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes will not occur ​Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 595 kb)
(Word 59 kb)
​No​July 2015
Cheese - raw milk ​ ​ ​ ​Brucella spp.
(PDF 557 kb)
(Word 56 kb)
​Yes​July 2015 ​ ​ ​ ​
Mycobacterium bovis
(PDF 545 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
​Yes
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 545 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
​Yes
​Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 545 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
Yes
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 545 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
​No
Cheese - raw milk cheese in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes will not occurListeria monocytogenes
(PDF 545 kb)
(Word 54 kb)
​No​July 2015
Coconut - dried Salmonella spp.
(PDF 504 kb)
(Word 57 kb)
​No​November 2016
Crustaceans - ready-to-eat cooked Salmonella spp.
(PDF 512 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
​No​November 2016 ​
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 510 kb)
(Word 59 kb)
​No
Crustaceans - ready-to-eat cooked crustaceans in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occurListeria monocytogenes
​(PDF 731 kb)
(Word 90kb)
​Yes​March 2020
Crustaceans - ready-to-eat cooked crustaceans in which growth of           Listeria monocytogenes will not occur ​Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 721 kb)
(Word 79 kb)
​No​March 2020
Finfish - processed ready-to-eat Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 472 kb)
(Word 61 kb)
Yes​March 2016
 Fish and fish products​Histamine
(PDF 84 kb)
(Word 569 kb)
​YesJune 2016​
Goji berries​Agricultural chemicals
(PDF 472 kb)
(Word 52 kb)
​No​September 2015
Ham - uncooked slow dry cured ready-to-eat ham ​ ​ ​Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF kb)
(Word 56 kb)
​No​March 2016 ​ ​ ​
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 558 kb)
(Word 64 kb)
​No
​Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 467 kb)
(Word 56 kb)
​No
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 556 kb)
(Word 55 kb)
​No
Marinara mix ​ ​Salmonella spp.
(PDF 514 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
​No​November 2016 ​ ​
​Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 549 kb)
(Word 59 kb)
​No
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 557 kb)
(Word 62 kb)
​No
​Milk - human milk and human milk products30 different hazards assessed​Yes for 15 of the hazards​October 2019
Meat - ready-to-eat cooked and processed meat products ​ ​ ​Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 459 kb)
(Word 67 kb)
​Yes​June 2016 ​ ​ ​
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 425 kb)
(Word 62 kb)
​No
​Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 564 kb)
(Word 65 kb)
​No
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 517 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
​No
Meat - ready-to-eat cooked pig meat​Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 182 kb)
(Word 56 kb)
​No​August 2014
Meat - uncooked ready-to-eat dried meat ​ ​ ​Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 184 kb)
(Word 59 kb)
​No​August 2014 ​ ​ ​
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 151 kb)
(Word 57 kb)
​Yes
Escherichia coli Shiga toxin-producing
(PDF 182 kb)
(Word 57 kb)
​Yes
​Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 196 kb)
(Word 56 kb)
​No
Paprika and pepper - dried Salmonella spp.
(PDF 509 kb)
(Word 57 kb)
​​Yes​November 2016
Peanuts/pistachios​Aflatoxins
(PDF 423 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
​Yes​June 2016
Pomegranate arils - dried, ready-to-eat​Hepatitis A virus
(PDF 243 kb)
(Word 80​ kb)
​​​Yes​July 2021

Pomegranate arils – fresh and frozen, ready-to-eat​

​​Hepatitis A virus
(PDF 246 kb)
(Word 81​ kb)
​Yes
​June 2021
Poultry - ready-to-eat cooked poultry pâté and poultry liversListeria monocytogenes
(PDF 184 kb)
(Word 58 kb)
​Yes​August 2014 ​
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 178 kb)
(Word 53 kb)
​No
Praws and shrimp - ready-to-eat cooked ​ ​Aeromonas spp.
(PDF 515 kb)
(Word 59 kb)
​No​November 2016 ​ ​
Vibrio cholerae
(PDF 514 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
​Yes
Vibrio parahaemolyticus
(PDF 520 kb)
(Word 61 kb)
​No
Supplementary sports foods ​​Higanamine
(PDF 601 kb)
(Word 62 kb)
​Yes​ ​July 2020
​Octopamine
(PDF 600 kb)
(Word 66 kb)
​Yes
Sesame seeds and sesame seed products Salmonella spp.
(PDF 510 kb)
(Word 60 kb)
YesNovember 2016
Seaweed - hijiki Inorganic arsenic
(PDF 458 kb)
(Word 70 kb)
YesJune 2016
Sausages - uncooked ready-to-eat sausages Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 184 kb)
(Word 59 kb)
NoAugust 2014
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 180 kb)
(Word 57 kb)
Yes
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 160 kb)
(Word 58 kb)
Yes
Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 177 kb)
(Word 56 kb)
No
Sausages - uncooked ready-to-eat spreadable sausages Listeria monocytogenes
(PDF 183 kb)
(Word 58 kb)
YesAugust 2014
Salmonella spp.
(PDF 177 kb)
(Word 56 kb)
Yes
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
(PDF 156 kb)
(Word 58 kb)
Yes
Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(PDF 174 kb)
(Word 55 kb)
Yes

This table will be updated as new assessments are finalised and provided to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

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