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Jul 12, 2018 1:56:41 AM
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[Australia] IFN 06-18 - Changes to the risk food description and profile questions for paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli (2018-07-10)

Purpose
The purpose of this notice is to advise brokers and importers about changes to the risk food description and Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) Community Protection (CP) profile questions for paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli that come into effect for all entries lodged from 8 August 2018.

These changes are being made following the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource’s consideration of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) risk statement for dried paprika and pepper. This risk statement provides clarification on the scope of product that poses a medium to high risk to public health and safety.

 

 

 

Summary of changes effective from 8 August 2018

 

Risk food description
From 8 August 2018, the risk food description for paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli is being amended to the following:

‘Paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli which may be whole, crushed or ground and will not undergo further processing involving heat treatment before consumption (ready-to-eat) are classified as risk food. This includes, but is not limited to, spices and spice mixes derived from:

dried pepper or peppercorn of the genus:
Piper spp.
Zanthoxylum spp. (Xanthoxylum), or
Schinus spp.
dried fruits of the genus:
Capsicum spp., or
Pimenta spp.
product which is exclusively a mixture of paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum or dried chilli only.’

 


Community Protection (CP) questions
From 8 August 2018, two new IFIS CP questions will be applied to goods lodged in the ICS under relevant tariff codes.

The new IFIS CP questions will replace the two existing questions and will be:

‘IFIS: Are the goods pepper or peppercorn that is ready-to-eat without cooking?’

‘IFIS: Are the goods paprika, dried chilli, dried capsicum or other dried fruits of the genus Capsicum or Pimenta that are ready-to-eat without cooking?'

The department anticipates that brokers will be able to respond to the questions based on information already available.

This change will ensure that all relevant paprika, dried pepper, dried capsicum and dried chilli are referred for inspection and analysis under the IFIS.

 


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http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn06-18