Failing Food Report - February 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.

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
2/02/2015 Coconut chipsSri Lanka CBL Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd Salmonella Detected. /250g DC 05/2014
11/02/2015 Sesame seedsIndia Benz Exports Salmonella Detected. /125g SES 05/2014
9/02/2015 Taleggio DOP cheeseItaly Arnoldi Valtaleggio SRLE. coli 93, 75, 460, 460, 240 MPN/g CHE 05/2014
25/02/2015 Chilli powder Sri Lanka Cooperation for Industrial Development Lanka (Private) Limited Salmonella Detected. /125g SPI 05/2014
27/02/2015 Gorgonzola cheeseItaly Nuova Castelli SPA (Reggio Emilia Italy) Listeria monocytogenes Detected. /125gCHE 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of fail Product descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
2/02/2015 Tapioca chipsIndiaVisnukumar (India) Hydrocyanic acid 35 mg/kg CAS 05/2014
5/02/2015 Peanut chocolatePhilippines Annie Candy Manufacturing Corporation Aflatoxin 0.022mg/kgNUT 05/2014
11/02/2015 KelpChinaInner Mongolia Xiao Wei Yang Stock Raising Sciences & Technologies CoIodine 2600 mg/kgBSW 05/2014
12/02/2015 Dried kelp China Fujian Province Fuzhou Hailin Food Co Ltd Iodine 3800
3000
4200
mg/kg
mg/kg
mg/kg
BSW 05/2014
13/02/2015 Peanut candySri Lanka Dumbara Food Products Aflatoxin 0.41 mg/kgNUT 05/2014
19/02/2015 Dried seaweed China Fuzhou Xinxing Food Co LtdIodine 3600mg/kgBSW 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
5/02/2015 Coconut cream and coconut milkPhilippines Celebes Coconut Corporation (Philippines) Composition (identified through labelling) Additive 'Guar Gum (412)' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
27/01/2015 Fruit drink Jamaica Grace Food Processors (Canning) Ltd Composition (identified through labelling) Additive 'E234' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
10/02/2015 Chutney South Africa Heinz Foods South Africa Composition (identified through labelling) Contained irradiated onion and herbs – not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3
10/02/2015
Braai saltSouth Africa Swartkops Sea Salt Pty Ltd Composition (identified through labelling) Contained irradiated onion – not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3
13/02/2015 Seasoning powderSouth Africa Unilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa) Composition (identified through labelling)Additive 'E572' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
13/02/2015 Orange peel China Kiu Chun Sea Products Grocery (Guangzhou) China Dicofol 5.4 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
24/02/2015 BBQ salt South Africa Swartkops Sea Salt Pty Ltd Composition (identified through labelling) Contained irradiated onion – not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3

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