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Changes provide information about amendments to import conditions. Keep informed of changes by following individual import cases.

Changes to the import conditions for starter cultures (and derivatives)

Effective from 10 June 2021

The requirement that derivatives of approved starter cultures can only be primary derivatives has been removed.

The conditions now inform stakeholders that approved starter cultures or their derivates may be on the following animal derived carriers:

Who does this notice affect:

Importers of starter cultures (and derivatives), Assessment Services Group and Client Contact Group.


The import conditions for starter cultures (and derivatives) for human consumption, human therapeutic and cosmetic use has been updated to align with legislation and to provide clarity about animal derived carriers.

Further information:

Please contact Animal and Biological Imports Branch on 1800 900 090 or email .

This Change applies to the following Cases:

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