Failing Food Report - January 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 nameOrganism​Result/sUnitsStandard
15/01/2015Cooked prawnsChinaGuangdong Gourmet Aquatic Products Co Ltd Vibrio choleraeDetected./125g CRU 05/2014
13/01/2015Cooked prawns VietnamNgo Brothers SeaproductsStandard Plate Count72000, 180000, 130000, 940000, 220000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
19/01/2015Ponte Nova cheesePortugalIndulac - Industrias Lacteas SA E. coli<10, 720, <10, <10, <10 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
27/01/2015Sheep’s cheeseBulgariaMatand Ltd (Bulgaria) E. coli50est, <3, 110 est, 580, 390cfu/g CHE 05/2014
29/01/2015Hulled sesame seedsIndiaAatish Industries SalmonellaDetected./125g SES 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of fail Product descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
27/01/2015Kombu seaweedJapanKurakon Foods CorporationIodine3100mg/kg BSW 05/2014
27/01/2015Blanched peanuts ChinaQingdao Auskernels Foods Co Ltd (China)Aflatoxin0.071mg/kg NUT 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
8/01/2015BiscuitsIndonesiaPT Asia Sakti Wahid Foods ManufactureComposition (identified through labelling)Additive 'Erythrosine' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
8/01/2015Seasoning powderZimbabweUnilever Zimbabwe (Pvt) LtdComposition (identified through labelling)Additive 'E632' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
8/01/2015Seasoning powderKenyaUnilever Kenya LtdComposition (identified through labelling)Additives 'E920' and 'E632' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
8/01/2015Braai saltSouth AfricaSwartkops Sea Salt Pty LtdComposition (identified through labelling)Contained irradiated onion – not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3
13/01/2015Barramundi filletsVietnamNam Anh Seafood Co LtdLeuco-malachite green0.0021mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
12/01/2015Sweberg swiss cheeseGermanyKaserei Champignon Germany E. coli<10, <10, <10, 10, 2000cfu/g FSC 1.6.1
14/01/2015Usavi mix ZimbabweUnilever Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd Composition (identified through labelling)Additive 'E632' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
16/01/2015Spicy vinegarIndiaDr Oetker India Pvt Ltd Composition (identified through labelling)Additive 'E260' not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.1
23/01/2015Basa filletsVietnamAgifish CoEnrofloxacin0.002mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
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