Failing Food Report - May 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
4/05/2015 Cooked crab meatRussia Australian House Standard Plate Count 110000, 200000, 130000, 160000, 100000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
1/05/2015 Taleggio cheeseItaly Caseificio Defendi Luigi Sar (IT 03 1555 CE) Listeria monocytogenes Detected. /125g CHE 05/2014
13/05/2015 White pepper MalaysiaJoo Lee Import and Export Co SDN BHD Salmonella Detected. /125g SPI 05/2014
23/04/2015 Salted Atlantic mackerel Ukraine Gamma Ltd Listeria monocytogenes D<100, D<100, ND, D<100, ND /25g SCM 05/2014
Gorgonzola DOP Dolce cheese ItalyCaseificio Tosi dei F.Lli Tosi SNC E. coli 780, 10, 1200, <10, 520
10, <10, 110, <10, <10
CHE 05/2014
21/05/2015 Gorgonzola Piccante DOP cheese Italy Gennaro Auricchio (IT 03 194 CE) Listeria monocytogenes Detected. /125g CHE 05/2014
26/05/2015 Camembert cheese France Gillot SAS E. coli 320, <10, 740, <10, 170 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
28/05/2015 Scamorza cheese Italy Europomella SPA (IT 12/009 CE) E. coli <3, 43, 43, <3, 1100 MPN/g CHE 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
20/05/2015 Peanut dumplings India Thakar Exports Aflatoxin 0.1mg/kg NUT 05/2014
7/05/2015 Masala peanuts India Samrat Namkeen Ltd Aflatoxin 0.543mg/kg NUT 05/2014
7/05/2015 Ground peanut chikki India Samrat Namkeen Ltd Aflatoxin0.101mg/kg NUT 05/2014
25/05/2015 Dried fish Sri Lanka Agro Spice Food Packers Tvt Ltd (Sri Lanka) Histamine 1239mg/kg SCM 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


Fruit powder United StatesKerry Ingredients & Flavours (Plant City)



FSC 1.4.2
4/05/2015 Frozen okra China Taihua Foods Imazalil 0.04 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
8/05/2015 Snow peas China Guangzhou Linqi Trading Co Ltd Carbendazim 0.06 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
22/05/2015 Raw crab meatMyanmar Pyi Phyo Tun International Company LtdNitrofurans 0.0013 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
27/05/2015 Salt with spicesSouth Africa Swartkops Sea Salt Pty Ltd Composition (identified through labelling) Contains irradiated onion – not permitted.  FSC 1.5.3
16/05/2015 Preserved olives China Xiamen Gulong Import and Export Ltd (China) Lead 0.36 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
22/05/2015 Marinated garlic prawns Vietnam Trang Khanh Seafood Co Ltd (DL 343) Ciprofloxacin 0.0028mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
29/04/2015 Raw crab meatMyanmar Pyi Phyo Tun International Company Limited Nitrofurazone 0.0016  mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
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