All biosecurity requirements must be met before Imported Food Inspection Scheme requirements apply.
Check our Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) for biosecurity import conditions.
Cassava chips that are ready-to-eat are classified as risk food
Includes these products that are packaged and ready-to-eat with no further preparation:
- chips, crisps, crackers (such as 'vege' crackers)
- snacks made from cassava (cassava is also known as tapioca, manioc, mandioca, aipim or yuca).
- Raw cassava.
- Cassava pellets or cassava chips that are for use in further processing.
- Mixed foods that contain cassava chips.
Community Protection (CP) question
You will need to answer this CP question when lodging your full import declaration:
IFIS: Are the goods ready-to-eat cassava chips, cassava crisps, cassava crackers or cassava snacks? (Cassava is also known as tapioca, manioc, mandioca, aipim or yuca).
Inspection and testing
We refer consignments of ready-to-eat cassava chips for analytical testing. During inspection, we will also conduct a visual and label assessment.
Table 1 shows the test that will be applied and permitted result.
Table 1, Test applied and permitted result
|Test applied||Permitted result|
|Hydrocyanic acid||Maximum level 10 mg/kg|
Food safety risks
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has given us advice about the risk of ready-to-eat cassava chips. These products present a potential medium or high risk to public health for hydrocyanic acid.
Food is ready-to-eat if it is ordinarily consumed in the same state as that in which it is sold.
To avoid doubt, food is not ordinarily consumed in the same state as that in which it is sold if, before it is consumed, it requires further processing (such as cooking) to reduce any pathogenic microorganisms potentially present in the food to safe levels.
|Date||Reference number||Amendment details|
Amendment to advise that sweet cassava is also known as tapioca, manioc, mandioca, aipim or yuca
Replaces Imported Food Notice 09/12 Tests applied to risk category foods