Australia - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Australia is a major producer of raw materials and processed foods but imports a growing volume of food and beverages. Imports have increased steadily over recent years. U.S. exports of consumer ready food products to Australia have risen by over 460 percent in value in the past ten years. All foods sold in Australia must comply with a range of laws designed to protect public health and safety, to ensure plant and animal pests and diseases are not introduced, and to assist consumers. These laws apply equally to imported and locally produced foods. The information contained in this report deals with both public health and quarantine requirements for foods imported into Australia. All imported food must first comply with quarantine and imported food requirements and then with food safety requirements.
The Australia New Zealand food standards development system is a cooperative arrangement between the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and the Australian States and Territories in order to develop and implement uniform food standards. The system for the development of joint Australia New Zealand food standards was established under a treaty between Australia and New Zealand signed in December 1995. Within Australia, the system is based on a 1991 Commonwealth, State and Territory Agreement in relation to the adoption of uniform food standards.

Lindy Crothers