Import Food into Australia
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for administering the requirements for importing food. There are certain types of foods that are prohibited or restricted.
Commercial importers of food such as fresh fruit and vegetables or food containing milk, egg, meat or other animal products will need to obtain an import permit prior to importing and distributing the food in Australia.
To check out the requirements for importing products into Australia you can use the BICON website- Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database.
Correct Food Systems can assist you to ensure the food you import complies with these requirements and can assist you as the importer to gather the required information and apply for any import permits.Once biosecurity requirements have been met, it is the importers responsibility to ensure that all imported food complies with the Imported Food Control Act 1992 including the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.There are often issues with incorrect labels on imported products, that can cause a recall.
Australian changed the requirements for allergen labelling in 2021. Importers are advised to ensure imported products comply with the Plain English Allergen Labelling requirements.
Contact Correct Food Systems to assist you in meeting your requirements as a importer of food and drinks into Australia.
Correct Food Systems can assist you to modify your food safety program to reflect any changes in scope or processing requirements, and guide you to alert the relevant authorities of the change.
We can assist with conducting a professional label review of products before they land in Australia as Australia's labelling laws and format are specific to Australia, such as the format of the Nutrition Panel, and Plain English Allergen Labelling required for sale of packaged foods within Australia.