October

​​​​This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month. For full data on activity and co mpliance under the Scheme refer to the 6 monthly Imported Food Inspection Data reports.

Risk food tests (targeted monitoring of food for compliance to safety standards)

The Department of Agriculture targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk food is targeted at 100 per cent until a history of food safety compliance is established.

The following table details where results were detected in excess of food safety limits. 

The food was not distributed for sale in Australia. It was destroyed by the importer or re-exported to the country of origin under department supervision. Future consignments continue to be targeted at 100 per cent until a history of compliance is established. More information on risk food and the tests applied under the IFIS can be found on the Tests applied to risk food webpages.

Microbiological tests

Date of fail Product description Country of origin Producer name Organism Result/sUnitsStandard
13/10/2014 Bleu de Brebis Cire cheese FranceMont Royal Tradition (31 390 055) E. coli 10, 1300, 1900, 50, 650cfu/g CHE 05/2014
9/10/2014 Novella with hot pepper cheeseItalyGennaro Auricchio (IT 03 180 CE) E. coli <10, 400, <10, 45, <10 MPN/g CHE 05/2014
16/10/2014 Roucoulons cheese France Fromagerie Milleret E. coli <10, <10, 320, <10, 20 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
13/10/2014 Tahini LebanonZahrat Al Janoub Co Salmonella Detected. /125g SES 05/2014
22/10/2014 Feta cheeseGreece Delfi SA E. coli <3, <3, 140est, <3, 10estcfu/g CHE 05/2014
27/10/2014 Roucoulons cheeseFrance Fromagerie Milleret E. coli 90, 10, <10, 190, <10 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
28/10/2014 Queso Traditional Garrotxa cheeseSpainFormatgeria Mogent. S.A. E. coli <10, <10, 1100, 21, <10cfu/g CHE 05/2014
28/10/2014 Cooked prawnsVietnam Trang Khanh Seafood Co Ltd (DL 343) Standard Plate Count 51000, 100000, 130000, 330000, 170000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
28/10/2014 Smoked salmonNorway Seafood Farmers of Norway AS Listeria monocytogenes ND, ND, ND, D<100, D<100/25g FSH 05/2014
29/10/2014 Chilli powderIndia Sagar International Salmonella Detected./125g SPI 05/2014
24/10/2014 Sesame seedsIndia Aatish Industries Salmonella Detected. /125g SES 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of fail Product descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
3/10/2014 Peanut ball and peanut candyIndia Grandmas Food ProductsAflatoxin 0.14
0.029
mg/kg
mg/kg
NUT 05/2014
13/10/2014 Peanut masala India Flavours of KeralaAflatoxin0.12 mg/kg NUT 05/2014
21/10/2014 Peanut sauce Thailand Food Blessing (1988) Co Ltd (Bangkok Thailand) Aflatoxin 0.037mg/kg NUT 05/2014
23/10/2014 Seaweed (Sargassum fusiforne)China Tai Yin Hing Inorganic arsenic50mg/kg HJS 05/2014

Random monitoring of food for compliance

The department operates a five per cent random surveillance program to monitor a range of food imported into Australia for compliance to some standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.  These tests are applied as part of a rolling program of surveillance on the Australian food supply.

The following table details where results were found to be non-compliant with food standards. Future consignments of this food are subject to an increased rate of testing until a history of compliance is achieved.

More information on surveillance food and the tests applied can be found on the Tests applied to surveillance foods webpage.

Date of fail Product descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
2/10/2014 Flavoured corn snacks Philippines Universal Robina Corp Composition (identified through labelling) Additive 'Ferrous sulfate' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
20/10/2014 Lycium berriesChina A&I International Trading Limited Chlorpyrifos 0.13mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
20/10/2014 Pandan leaf Thailand New Lamthong Foods Industries Co Ltd Chlorpyrifos 0.026 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
24/10/2014 Soft drink United States Pepsico Inc Composition (identified through labelling) Additive 'Caffeine' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
8/10/2014 Instant noodlesVietnam Masan Food Join Stock Co. Composition (identified through labelling) Additives 'E364ii' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
23/10/2014 Squid salad Japan Yajirushi Corporation, Ibaraki.Composition (identified through labelling) Prohibited plant – Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken)  FSC 1.4.4
30/10/2014 Green tea Japan Japan Sangaria Beverage Co Ltd (Japan) Composition (identified through labelling) Vitamin C not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.2
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