Failing Food Report – June 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 failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
3/06/2016Plain halvaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic AsSalmonellaDetected125gSES 05/2014
14/06/2016Hot chilliNigeriaMactina Universal Resource LtdSalmonellaDetected125gSPI 05/2014
17/06/2016Chilli powderIndiaQ One Foods & Ingredients Pvt LtdSalmonellaDetected125gSPI 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
3/06/2016Peanut  candyMyanmarH-Htet Company LtdAflatoxin0.025mg/kgNUT 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
2/06/2016Salted plumHong KongPun Chun Sauce and Preserved FruitLead0.3mg/kgFSC 1.4.1
14/06/2016Salted plumHong KongPun Chun Sauce and Preserved FruitLead0.25mg/kgFSC 1.4.1
1/06/2016Prawn crackers spicy flavourPhilippinesLiwayway Market CorpVitamin AVitamin A not permitted in this foodFSC 1.3.2
1/06/2016Ube filled crackersPhilippinesLiwayway Market CorpVitamin AVitamin A not permitted in this foodFSC 1.3.2
9/06/2016Preserved plumChinaWing Tai Trading Co (Hong Kong)Lead0.31mg/kgFSC 1.4.1
7/06/2016Frozen peeled gingerVietnamDuc Thanh Green Food Co LtdTebufenpyrad0.068mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
21/06/2016Organic honeyIndiaEaternal Health & Organic FoodsCompositionAdulteration with C4 sugars (cane sugar/corn syrup)FSC 2.8.2
28/04/2016Frozen dried yellow stripe trevallyThailandO-Cha Food Pack Co LtdHistamine220mg/kgFSC 1.4.1