You may at any time be selected for an audit or inspection by a Wine Australia Inspector. The inspection may be an unannounced or an arranged visit, or may be a desk audit where copies of specific records are requested for audit at the Wine Australia offices.
Inspectors may collect samples, at inspections or via email request, in order to survey compliance with the Food Standards Code (including MRLs) and to determine potential Australian exposure to wine contamination issues that arise periodically (e.g. histamine, ethyl carbamate, ochratoxin, heavy metals etc). The particular parameters to be examined will be reviewed at least annually by the Wine Industry Technical Advisory Committee.
In the case of wine producers, inspectors may ask to see evidence of the systems implemented to control the incidence of agricultural chemical residues in finished wine. Lack of satisfactory evidence will result in a higher level of sampling.
It is expected that manufacturers and exporters will retain at least two samples of each product registered for export for at least six months after export. Samples of each bulk wine consignment should be retained for at least six months after shipment. It is recommended that manufacturers and exporters retain samples for as long as practical.