Failing Food Report – October 2017

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, October 2017

This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month. For full data o​n 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
5/10/2017Frozen oyster meat with ice glazingChinaShantou Jinping Zone Yicheng Aquatic Co LtdE. coli<2.3, <2.3, <2.3, 3.6, 9.2MPN/gMOL 04/2017
9/10/2017Cooked shrimpChinaGuangdong Wanya Foods Fty Co LtdStandard plate count490000, 28000, 240000, 25000, 120000cfu/gCRU 05/2014
12/10/2017Cooked prawn meatMalaysiaJeen Huat Food Stuffs Industries Sdm Bhd (Malaysia)Standard plate count540000, 49000, 410000, 450000, 55000cfu/gCRU 05/2014
25/10/2017Ground black pepperVietnamHai Dang EnterpriseSalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 05/2014
24/10/2017Frozen cooked vannamei shrimpVietnamMinh Phu Hau Giang Seafood CorpStandard plate count~110, ~1100000, ~1100000, ~40, 1000cfu/gCRU 05/2014
9/08/2017Taleggio DOP cheeseItalyBelometti SRLListeria monocytogenesDetected /125gCHE 03/2017
24/10/2017Cooked peeled prawns – tail onVietnamPhuong Anh Seafood Processing Import And Export Joint Stock CompanyStandard plate count250000, 260000, 250000, 24000, 330000cfu/gCRU 05/2014
24/10/2017Cooked peeled prawns – tail offVietnamPhuong Anh Seafood Processing Import And Export Joint Stock CompanyStandard plate count80000, 39000, 230000, 1200000, 140000cfu/gCRU 05/2014
30/10/2017Frozen cooked shrimpVietnamStapimex (Soc Trang Seafood Joint Stock Co)Standard plate count6800, 3000000, 14000, 3000000, 600cfu/gCRU 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
6/10/2017Groundnut barIndiaVisnukumar (India)Aflatoxin0.037mg/kgNUT 10/2016
9/10/2017Peanut pasteChinaBeijing Jmxy Co. Ltd.Aflatoxin0.018mg/kgNUT 10/2016
19/10/2017Herring fillets in oilPolandMaks Sc (Poland)Histamine282mg/kgHIS 12/2016
27/10/2017Roasted salted peanutsIndiaAnis ExportAflatoxin0.019mg/kgNUT 10/2016
27/10/2017Salted peanutsIndiaBikaji Foods International Pty LtdAflatoxin0.039mg/kgNUT 10/2016
31/10/2017Dried anchoviesMyanmarDomestic Co LtdHistamine462mg/kgHIS 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 originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
4/10/2017Aviyal mix (cut vegetables)IndiaParayil ExportsAcephate0.094mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
4/10/2017Diced capsicumChinaWeihai Ptc International Co LtdProfenofos0.16mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
4/10/2017Formulated supplementary food 500gIndiaMondelez India Foods Private LimitedPotassium
Biotin
Manganese
Copper
Not permitted in this food FSC 2.9.3
4/10/2017Formulated supplementary food 1kgIndiaMondelez India Foods Private LimitedPotassium
Biotin
Manganese
Copper
Not permitted in this food FSC 2.9.3
19/10/2017Barbeque spiceSouth AfricaUnilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa)Irradiated chilli, Irradiated paprika, Irradiated origanumNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
19/10/2017Pickled vegetable hot atcharSouth AfricaUnilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa)Irradiated chilli,
Irradiated mustard,
Not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
23/10/2017Formulated supplementary sports foodUnited StatesCorr-Jensen Inc.Caffeine,
Teacrine,
L-Theanine,
Methylcobalamin
Not permitted in this food FSC 2.9.4
23/10/2017Frozen red chilliVietnamMt Company LtdChlorpyrifos
Difenoconazole
Propiconazole
0.01
0.34
0.58
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
26/10/2017Fresh longanThailandBest Fruit Co LtdCarbendazim
Chlorpyrifos
0.064
0.042
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
30/10/2017SeasoningSouth AfricaFreddy Hirsch GroupIrradiated chilliNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
30/10/2017SeasoningSouth AfricaFreddy Hirsch GroupIrradiated mustardNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
31/10/2017Seedless red datesChinaShandong Jinsi Food Co., LtdCarbendazim
Difenoconazole
Tebuconazole
0.43
0.35
0.5
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
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