Failing Food Report – March 2017

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, March 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
14/03/2017Plain tahini halvaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic AsSalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
14/03/2017Tahini halva with cocoaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic AsSalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
24/03/2017Smoked salmon slicedNorwaySunsea As Listeria monocytogenesDetected/25g FSH 10/2016
14/03/2017Frozen mussel meatKorea, Republic ofHee Chang Trading Co Ltd (Korea) Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125gMOL 05/2014
10/03/2017Chilled crab meatIndonesiaPhillips Seafood (Indonesia)Standard Plate Count<1000, 120000, 7000, 1100000, <1000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
20/03/2017TahiniEgyptEl-Raee CompanySalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
20/03/2017Cooked salted dried shrimpThailandM Wa (Thailand Co Ltd) (Thailand)Standard Plate Count>4900000, >4900000, >4900000, >4900000, >4900000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
29/03/2017Black fine pepperVietnamDong Phuong Vinafood Trading Co. Ltd (Vietnam)SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
31/03/2017Gorgonzola e Marscarpone (cheese)ItalyCaseificio Defendi Luigi Sar It 03 1555 Ce Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017
31/03/2017Blu di Caravaggio
(cheese)
ItalyCaseificio Defendi Luigi Sar It 03 1555 Ce Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
2/03/2017Tapioca chipsIndiaFineday FoodsHydrocyanic acid13mg/kg CAS 09/2016
2/03/2017Tapioca chipsIndiaFineday FoodsHydrocyanic acid14mg/kg CAS 09/2016
2/03/2017Chilled yellowfin tunaMaldivesEnsis Fisheries FactoryHistamine300mg/kg HIS 12/2016
2/03/2017Spicy peanutsIndiaHaldiram Foods International Pvt LtdAflatoxin0.159mg/kg NUT 10/2016
2/03/2017Spicy peanutsIndiaHaldiram Foods International Pvt LtdAflatoxin0.020                   mg/kg NUT 10/2016
20/03/2017Fried fish with peanutTaiwanTriko Food Co., LtdAflatoxin0.014
Percentage of product that is peanut is 78.3%. Therefore the acceptable limit is 0.012
mg/kg NUT 10/2016
31/03/2017Anchovy filletMyanmarSea King Freight And Trading Co LtdHistamine320mg/kg HIS 12/2016

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 food webpage.

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of origin

Producer name

Organism or AnalyteResult/s

Units

Standard
9/03/2017Asian pearChina

Laiwu Taifeng Foods Co Ltd

Cyhalothrin0.021

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
28/03/2017Frozen small red chilliVietnam

Gia Minh Company Ltd (Vietnam)

Difenoconazole
Hexaconazole
Profenofos
0.092
0.057
0.41

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
28/03/2017CauliflowerChina

Titan Industrial (Changshu) Foods Co Ltd

Procymidone0.15
0.22

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
10/03/2017Fresh sugar snap peasChina

Jiang Hua Yao Autonomous County Hongu Park Huafa Agricultural Products

Carbendazim0.07

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
13/03/2017PlumThailand

O-Cha Food Pack Co Ltd

Lead0.63

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.1
15/03/2017Fragrant pearChina

Koral Jinfeng Tai Produce Co Ltd

Cyhalothrin0.085

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
23/03/2017MarlinIndonesia

Ud Damena

Histamine259

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.1
22/03/2017Frozen whole durianThailand

Siam Greenery Co Ltd

Carbendazim0.12

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
31/03/2017Dried seedless longanThailand

Thai World Import & Export Co

Carbendazim0.08

mg/kg

FSC 1.4.2
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