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.
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 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 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 fail||Product description||Country of origin||Producer name||Organism or Allergen||Result/s||Units||Standard|
|1/03/2016 ||Mozzarella di bufala campana cheese||Italy||La Baronia SRL (IT 15/581)||
E.coli||80, 190, 220, 130, 210 ||cfu/g||
|3/03/2016||Coconut milk powder* ||Philippines||Primex Coco Products Inc||Mandatory allergen declaration not on label (total milk)||Beta lactoglobulin >1.0
Total milk >25
|15/03/2016 ||Dried mussel ||China||Fuzhou Rosemaled International Trading Inc||
E.coli||<0.30, <0.30, <0.30, >110, 9.3 ||MPN/g ||MOL 05/2014|
|18/03/2016||Smoked salmon ||Norway||Sunsea AS||
Listeria monocytogenes||D<100, ND, D<100, ND, ND ||/25g|| FSH 05/2014|
|23/03/2016 ||Dried oysters||China ||Fuzhou Rosemaled International Trading Inc||
E.coli||<2.3, <2.3, <2.3, 9.3, <2.3 ||MPN/g ||MOL 05/2014|
|30/03/2016||Black tiger cooked & peeled prawns ||Bangladesh||Apex Foods (Bangladesh)||
Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results
|Date of fail||Product description||Country of origin||Producer name||Analyte||Result/s||Units||Standard|
|17/03/2016||Pistachio nut kernels||China||Sun Wing Nuts & Food Co Ltd||Aflatoxin||0.032||mg/kg||
|17/03/2016 ||Pistachio nut kernels ||China ||Sun Wing Nuts & Food Co Ltd||Aflatoxin ||0.056 ||mg/kg||
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|
|18/02/2016||Honey||Greece||Simel Savidakis Georgios||Reducing sugars||Less than permitted level
|3/03/2016||Salted fish||Myanmar||Shwe Hinthar Yeik Mon Co Ltd||Histamine||268 ||mg/kg||
|3/03/2016||Dried dragon head fish||Myanmar||Shwe Hinthar Yeik Mon Co Ltd||Histamine||287 ||mg/kg||
|4/03/2016||Prune juice concentrate||Chile||Prunesco SA||Fenhexamid||0.11||mg/kg||
|9/03/2016||Breakfast cereal||Portugal||Nestle Portugal SA||Vitamin D|
|Not permitted in this food type|| ||
|15/03/2016 ||Chinese spinach ||China||Fenghua Dabu Frozen Foodstuff Co Ltd ||Cyhalothrin ||0.03 ||mg/kg ||
|17/03/2016 ||Celery juice concentrate ||Germany ||Ernteband Fruchtsaft Gmbh ||Azoxystrobin ||0.058 ||mg/kg ||
|21/03/2016||Soft shell crab||Myanmar||Essential Global Co Ltd||Nitrofurazone||0.0018 ||mg/kg||