Failing Food Report – March 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 targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk fo​od 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 of Agriculture and Water Resources 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 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
1/03/2016 Mozzarella di bufala campana cheeseItalyLa Baronia SRL (IT 15/581) E.coli80, 190, 220, 130, 210 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
3/03/2016Coconut milk powder* PhilippinesPrimex Coco Products IncMandatory allergen declaration not on label (total milk)Beta lactoglobulin >1.0
Casein >10
Total milk >25
ppm
ppm
ppm
FSC 1.2.1
FSC 1.2.3
15/03/2016 Dried mussel ChinaFuzhou Rosemaled International Trading Inc E.coli<0.30, <0.30, <0.30, >110, 9.3 MPN/g MOL 05/2014
18/03/2016Smoked salmon NorwaySunsea AS Listeria monocytogenesD<100, ND, D<100, ND, ND /25g FSH 05/2014
23/03/2016 Dried oystersChina Fuzhou Rosemaled International Trading Inc E.coli<2.3, <2.3, <2.3, 9.3, <2.3 MPN/g MOL 05/2014
30/03/2016Black tiger cooked & peeled prawns BangladeshApex Foods (Bangladesh) Vibrio choleraeDetected/125g CRU 05/2014

 

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
15/03/2016PistachioFranceEuro VanilleAflatoxin0.021mg/kg NUT 05/2014
17/03/2016Pistachio nut kernelsChinaSun Wing Nuts & Food Co LtdAflatoxin0.032mg/kg NUT 05/2014
17/03/2016 Pistachio nut kernels China Sun Wing Nuts & Food Co LtdAflatoxin 0.056 mg/kg NUT 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
18/02/2016HoneyGreeceSimel Savidakis GeorgiosReducing sugarsLess than permitted level
Result: 57
% FSC 2.8.2
3/03/2016Salted fishMyanmarShwe Hinthar Yeik Mon Co LtdHistamine268 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
3/03/2016Dried dragon head fishMyanmarShwe Hinthar Yeik Mon Co LtdHistamine287 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
4/03/2016Prune juice concentrateChilePrunesco SAFenhexamid0.11mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
9/03/2016Breakfast cerealPortugalNestle Portugal SAVitamin D
Vitamin B12
Pantothenic Acid
Not permitted in this food type  FSC 1.3.2
15/03/2016 Chinese spinach ChinaFenghua Dabu Frozen Foodstuff Co Ltd Cyhalothrin 0.03 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
17/03/2016 Celery juice concentrate Germany Ernteband Fruchtsaft Gmbh Azoxystrobin 0.058 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/03/2016Soft shell crabMyanmarEssential Global Co LtdNitrofurazone0.0018 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
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