Failing Food Report - April 2015

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

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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 descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganismResult/sUnitsStandard
10/04/2015Black pepperIndiaKhajanchi Exports (Mumbai India) SalmonellaDetected./125g SPI 05/2014
17/04/2015TahiniLebanonZahrat Al Janoub Co SalmonellaDetected./125g SES 05/2014
23/04/2015Hulled sesame seedsIndiaAatish Industries SalmonellaDetected./125g SES 05/2014
27/04/2015Queso Arzua Ulloa DOP cheeseSpainQueixerias Bama E. coli21, 33, 59, 210, 10cfu/g CHE 05/2014
28/04/2015Hulled sesame seedsIndiaAatish Industries SalmonellaDetected./125g SES 05/2014
27/04/2015Ricotta Salata Vela Bianca cheeseItalyArgiolas Formaggio SRL E. coli210, <10, <10, <10, <10cfu/g CHE 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
7/04/2015Kelp slicesChinaGolden Kailin Food Co LtdIodine2100mg/kg BSW 05/2014
10/04/2015Sliced tunaSpainSalazones Serrano SL (Alicante Spain)Histamine230mg/kg SCM 05/2014
7/04/2015Roasted pistachiosIranEstahban Figs Producers Cooperative IncorporationAflatoxin0.12mg/kg NUT 05/2014
28/04/2015Roasted peanutsIndiaHaldiram Snacks Pvt LtdAflatoxin0.13mg/kg NUT 05/2014

Random monitoring of food for compliance

The department operates a five per cent random surveillance scheme 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 description

Country of origin

Producer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
9/04/2015Seasoned herring roeJapanFuyo Co Composition (identified through labelling)Additive 'E364' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
9/04/2015Seasoned octopusJapanDaiei Food Co Ltd (Japan) Composition (identified through labelling)Additive 'E127' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
13/04/2015Traditional braai mixSouth AfricaUnilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa) Composition (identified through labelling)Contained irradiated maize flour - not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3
8/04/2015Diced mangoVietnamLong Uyen Co LtdCarbendazim0.024mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
16/04/2015Pickled melonTaiwanAGV Products Corporation (Taiwan) Composition (identified through labelling)Additive 'Glycyrrhizin' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
17/04/2015Vegetarian mealTaiwanDiing Yuh Foods Co Composition (identified through labelling)Additives 'DL-aianine', 'Inosine-5-monophosphate', 'Guanosine-5-monophosphate' and 'Disodium succinate' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
22/04/2015Corn snackPhilippinesUniversal Robina Corp (Philippines) ​Composition (identified through labelling)Additive ‘Ferrous sulfate’ not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
27/04/2015Dried datesChinaGaomi Hongdao Food Co LtdDifenoconazole 0.13mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
23/04/2015Traditional braai mixSouth AfricaUnilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa) Composition (identified through labelling)Contained irradiated wheat flour and maize - not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3
10/04/2015Red peppercornChinaMan Cheong Medicinal Materials Ltd Composition (identified through labelling)The food is not suitable for its reasonable intended use - mould contamination  IF Act section 3(2)
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