Many Australian territories like South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New Zealand imports food and water from China. China is popularly know in manufacturing world class food products from well-known brands so majority of developed countries import food from China. Some years ago, the incidence of the melamine content in milk products raised vigilance from consumers and all constituents of the Australian territories condemned the idea of candies or milk products with melamine.
New Zealand and Australia banned all dairy products including chocolates and confectioneries with milk from China were banned for a certain period of time. Later, the two countries agreed to be more strict on their regulatory framework and came up with FSANS – Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code . As a result, Australian territories became more strict in taking imported food especially from China.
A pre-assessment of food products coming into New Zealand and Australian territories is required by the FSANS . It also required by law that all food products should be labeled adequately in English. To warrant the safety of the consumers, information like the expiry date, nutritional facts and ingredients should be included in the food label.
Australian quarantine authorities make sure the products being imported from China are in best condition and controlled, these products include: namely: eggs, beef, pork, tropical fruits and vegetables, salmon and oysters. The existing AFSC (Australian Food Standards Code) which is implemented by all Australian territories, this regulates all food imports and determines the maximum levels of contaminants and metals as well agricultural chemicals in food products.
Food as well as wine is also being exported from China to Australia. Reports state that Australia has become the second largest exporter of bottled water to China. Japan formerly dominated the Australian wine market, however, China took over as it has the largest export base.
The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation have data that claims it has expanded its wine export to China 15 times more in the past five years. A strong and healthy relationship between China and Australia is expected in the future as as both trade partner complies with the food regulations in importing and exporting food and water products.