Failing Food Report – February 2017

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, April 2017

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 six monthly Imported Food Inspection Data reports.

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Risk/Advisory food tests (targeted monitoring of food for compliance to safety standards)

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk food is targeted at the rate of 100 per cent until a history of food safety compliance is established. When an emerging human health and safety hazard is identified in food, the department may temporarily increase monitoring and testing. This is referred to as advisory food.

The following table details where noncompliant food was detected. Advisory food is marked with an asterisk in the table.

The noncompliant 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. Where a product is found to be noncompliant because the label does not have the mandatory allergen declaration, the product must be destroyed, re-exported or re-labelled to include the mandatory declaration. 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 / Allergen tests

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
2/02/2017Jamon serrano ham SpainIndustrias Carnicas Tello Listeria monocytogenesDetected /125gUMH 10/2016
3/02/2017Blue cheese SpainQuesos Campillos S.L. Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017
6/02/2017Dried ground chilliVietnamCong Ty Tnhh Mtv Che Bien Nong San Bach MaiSalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
17/02/2017Chilli powderIndiaMiltop Exports (India)SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
10/02/2017Montasio cheeseItalyCepparo Spa Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017
17/02/2017Dried musselsChinaO New Heuang Foodstuffs Co. Ltd E. coli9, 4, 24, 4, >110MPN/gMOL 05/2014
24/02/2017Chilli powderIndiaAnna Aluminium Company Pvt. Ltd.SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
1/02/2017Dried fish in oil PhilippinesZaragoza Foods CorpHistamine920mg/kg HIS 12/2016
3/02/2017Kellawalla dry fishSri LankaSerendib Foods (Pvt) LtdHistamine320mg/kgSCM 05/2014
2/02/2017Gado gado seasoningIndonesiaEnak Eco (Indonesia)Aflatoxin0.046mg/kg NUT 10/2016
2/02/2017Satay beef seasoningIndonesiaEnak Eco (Indonesia)Aflatoxin0.033 mg/kg NUT 10/2016
2/02/2017Satay chicken seasoningIndonesiaEnak Eco (Indonesia)Aflatoxin0.046mg/kg NUT 10/2016
21/02/2017Anchovy in Sunflower Oil + Chilli ItalySicilmar SrlHistamine450mg/kg HIS 12/2016

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 noncompliant 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 failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
28/02/2017Frozen small red chilliVietnamNam Hai Company LtdProfenofos0.14mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
28/02/2017Thai durian fruit ThailandNoble Marketing Co. LtdCarbendazim0.11mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
28/02/2017Salted tinfoil fish VietnamTan Thanh Loi Frozen Food Co LtdEnrofloxacin  0.0027mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
22/02/2017Clover chips cheesier with vitaminsPhilippinesLeslie CorporationVitamin premixVitamin Premix including Vit A, Vit B5, Vit B6 and Vit B12 is not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.2
22/02/2017Red hot cheezy corn crunchPhilippinesLeslie CorporationVitamin premixVitamin Premix including Vit A, Vit B5, Vit B6 and Vit B12 is not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.2
22/02/2017Cut Danmuji (Chongga cut pickled radish)Korea, Republic ofDaesang CorporationVitamin CVitamin C is not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.2
22/02/2017Pickled cutting radishKorea, Republic ofDaesang CorporationVitamin C Vitamin C is not permitted in this food.  FSC 1.3.2
28/02/2017Dried mud fish VietnamTan Thanh Loi Frozen Food Co LtdLeuco-Malachite green0.012mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
23/02/2017Pickled Ginger Slice (pink)ChinaWeifang Sunwoo Foods Co LtdLead0.19mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
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