Failing Food Report – July 2016

​​​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. R​isk 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 fail

Product description

Country of origin

Producer name

Organism or Allergen

Result/s

Units

Standard

22/07/2016

Chilled Surf Clam

Japan

Yamaharu Co Ltd

E. coli

<2.3, <2.3, <2.3, <2.3, >110

MPN/g

MOL 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of fail

Product description

Country of origin

Producer name

Analyte

Result/s

Units

Standard

12/07/2016

Peanut Masala

India

Kozhikoden’s

Aflatoxin

0.02

mg/kg

NUT 05/2014

14/07/2016

Peanuts

Vietnam

Lucky Shing

Aflatoxin

0.019

mg/kg

NUT 05/2014

20/07/2016

Satay Sauce

Malaysia

Hiang Kee Industries Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

Aflatoxin

0.022

mg/kg

NUT 05/2014

25/07/2016

Maldive Fish Chips

Sri Lanka

Lanka Canneries Limited

Histamine

210

mg/kg

SCM 05/2014

29/07/2016

Maldive Fish Chips

Sri Lanka

Md Lanka Canneries Pvt Ltd

Histamine

210, 260

mg/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 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 fail

Product description

Country of origin

Producer name

Organism or Analyte

Result/s

Units

Standard

24/06/2016

Pickled Fish and Curried Fish

Namibia

United Fishing Enterprises (Pty) Ltd

Irradiated cayenne pepper

Irradiated cayenne pepper not a permitted treatment for this food

 

FSC 1.2.1/1.5.3

20/07/2016

Dumplings Vinegar

China

Zhongshan Jinbao Food Factory

Sodium Benzoate (E211)

Additive Sodium Benzoate (E211) not permitted in this food

mg/kg

FSC 1.3.1

16/07/2016

Salted Plum

China

Kiu Sang Hong Limited (Hong Kong)

Lead

0.23

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.1

8/07/2016

Fresh Garlic Shoots

China

Shandong Artisan Agricultural Products Co Ltd

Carbendazim

0.43

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2

26/07/2016

Rosella Leaves

Thailand

New Lamthong Ind Co Ltd

Carbendazim
Chlorpyrifos
Fipronil

1.05
0.22
0.12

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2

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