Failing Food Report – January 2017

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, February 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
16/01/2017 Cheese Italy Salcis Sas Di Morbidi A&C (It 09-35 Ce) Listeria monocytogenes Detected /125g CHE 07/2016
18/01/2017 Organic shredded coconut Sri lankaRmr Coconut Products Exporters (Pvt) Ltd Salmonella Detected /250g DC 05/2014
20/01/2017 Blue cheese Italy La Casearia Carpenedo Srl (It05294ce) Listeria monocytogenes Detected /125g CHE 07/2016
30/01/2017 Halawa pistachio Lebanon Al Nakhil Co (Lebanon) Salmonella D, D, D, D, D /25g SES 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 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
10/01/2017 Dried longan Thailand Man A Frozen Foods Co Ltd (Establishment 1069) Carbendazim 0.09 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
11/01/2017 Frozen garlic marinated prawns Vietnam Quocviet Seaproducts Processing Trading Co Ltd (Vietnam) Enrofloxacin 0.0045 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
11/01/2017 Preserved orange peel China Guangdong Zhongshan Guzhen Lihua Farming Byproduct Factory Lead 0.35 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
16/01/2017 Preserved bean curd China Beijing Second Business Wangzhihe Food Co Ltd Bacillus cereus59000est, 1800, 5800, 28000, 6800 cfu/g User guide to FSC 1.6.1
27/01/2017 Fresh lemons Egypt Nagy Foods Cyhalothrin 0.04 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
30/01/2017 Fresh garlic shoots China Shandong Sinofarm Food Co., Ltd Carbendazim 0.12mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
30/01/2017 Dried shrimpsMalaysia Malexport Enterprise Standard Plate Count 12000, 4900000, 1100000, 30000, 780000 cfu/g FSC 1.6.1
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