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Australia Unveils the Import Requirements of Retorted Food

It is not required to obtain import permits while exporting retorted food containing less than 5% meat to Australia.

On November 3rd, 2022, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) of Australia published the import conditions and requirements of retorted food (including packaged and canned). The import requirements can be illustrated in the following two cases:

1. For retorted food containing less than 5% meat

  • It is not required to obtain the import permit issued by DAFF.

  • The product should contain less than 5% meat.

  • The product should contain less than 10% dairy and less than 10% egg.

  • It must be commercially manufactured and packaged.

  • It must be retorted, and the product package/container is unopened after retorting.

  • It must be commercially sterile and shelf-stable.

  • It should provide the manufacturer's declaration that the product conforms to the points mentioned above.

  • It should be attached with commercial invoice, freight list, product description, etc.

2. For retorted food containing no less than 5% meat

  • It is required to obtain the import permit issued by DAFF.

  • Manufacturers should provide the product ingredient list (including the percentage of each ingredient), the flow chart of processing techniques, original thermocouple data, label sample, and the picture of the final product.

  • It should conform to the import requirements of the sourced animal.

  • Products’ core temperature should reach over 100°C after being sealed; F0 value should be no less than 2.8.

  • It must be commercially sterile and shelf stable.

  • It must be attached with health certificate.

  • It should be attached with commercial invoice, freight list, product description, etc.

These requirements came into effect on November 3, 2022

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