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.
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.
|Date of fail ||Product description||Country of origin||Producer name||Organism||Result/s||Units||Standard|
|2/02/2015 ||Coconut chips||Sri Lanka ||CBL Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd ||Salmonella ||Detected. ||/250g||
|11/02/2015 ||Sesame seeds||India|| Benz Exports ||Salmonella ||Detected. ||/125g||
|9/02/2015 ||Taleggio DOP cheese||Italy ||Arnoldi Valtaleggio SRL||E. coli ||93, 75, 460, 460, 240 ||MPN/g||
|25/02/2015 ||Chilli powder ||Sri Lanka ||Cooperation for Industrial Development Lanka (Private) Limited ||Salmonella ||Detected. ||/125g||
|27/02/2015 ||Gorgonzola cheese||Italy ||Nuova Castelli SPA (Reggio Emilia Italy) ||Listeria monocytogenes ||Detected. ||/125g||CHE 05/2014|
Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results
| Date of fail ||Product description||Country of origin||Producer name||Analyte||Result/s||Units||Standard|
|2/02/2015 || Tapioca chips||India||Visnukumar (India) ||Hydrocyanic acid ||35 ||mg/kg||
|5/02/2015 ||Peanut chocolate||Philippines ||Annie Candy Manufacturing Corporation ||Aflatoxin ||0.022||mg/kg||NUT 05/2014|
|11/02/2015 ||Kelp||China||Inner Mongolia Xiao Wei Yang Stock Raising Sciences & Technologies Co||Iodine ||2600 ||mg/kg||BSW 05/2014|
|12/02/2015 ||Dried kelp ||China ||Fujian Province Fuzhou Hailin Food Co Ltd ||Iodine ||3800|
|13/02/2015 ||Peanut candy||Sri Lanka ||Dumbara Food Products ||Aflatoxin ||0.41 ||mg/kg||NUT 05/2014|
|19/02/2015 ||Dried seaweed ||China ||Fuzhou Xinxing Food Co Ltd||Iodine ||3600||mg/kg||BSW 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 description||Country of origin||Producer name||Organism or Analyte||Result/s||Units||Standard|
|5/02/2015 ||Coconut cream and coconut milk||Philippines ||Celebes Coconut Corporation (Philippines) ||Composition (identified through labelling) ||Additive 'Guar Gum (412)' not permitted in this food.|| ||
|27/01/2015 ||Fruit drink ||Jamaica ||Grace Food Processors (Canning) Ltd ||Composition (identified through labelling) ||Additive 'E234' not permitted in this food.|| ||
|10/02/2015 ||Chutney ||South Africa ||Heinz Foods South Africa ||Composition (identified through labelling) ||Contained irradiated onion and herbs – not permitted.|| ||
|10/02/2015 ||Braai salt||South Africa ||Swartkops Sea Salt Pty Ltd ||Composition (identified through labelling) ||Contained irradiated onion – not permitted.|| ||
|13/02/2015 ||Seasoning powder||South Africa ||Unilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa) ||Composition (identified through labelling)||Additive 'E572' not permitted in this food.|| ||
|13/02/2015 ||Orange peel ||China ||Kiu Chun Sea Products Grocery (Guangzhou) China ||Dicofol ||5.4 ||mg/kg||
|24/02/2015 ||BBQ salt ||South Africa ||Swartkops Sea Salt Pty Ltd ||Composition (identified through labelling) ||Contained irradiated onion – not permitted.|| ||