Failing food report - October 2015

​​​​​​​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 Sc​heme refer to the 6 monthly Imported Food Inspection Data reports.

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Risk food tests (targeted monitoring of food for compliance to safety standards)

The Department of Agriculture targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Ris​k food is targeted at 100 per cent until a history of food safety compliance is established.

The following table details where results were detected in excess of food safety limits. 

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. 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 tests


Date of fail
Product descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganismResult/sUnitsStandard
29/09/2015Smoked salmon NorwaySunsea AS Listeria monocytogenesD<100, D<100, D<100, D<100, D<100 /25g FSH 05/2014
29/09/2015Premium frozen crab meat VietnamNhat Hong Food Industry Company Standard Plate Count150000, 160000, 110000, 120000, 170000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
12/10/2015Spanish serrano dry cured hamSpainRedondo Iglesias SA Listeria monocytogenesDetected /125g UMP05/2014
13/10/2015Sheep ricotta (smoked & salted)ItalyCaseificio Debbene E.coli<10, 540, 1800, <10, 90 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
13/10/2015Frozen cooked vannamei shrimpVietnamTan Phong Phu Seafood Company Limited SPC34000, 210000, 120000, 61000, 490000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
14/10/2015Mozzarella di bufala cheeseItalyLa Baronia Srl E.coli370, 600, <10, 10, 90 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
14/10/2015 Graindorge livarot cheeseFranceFromagerie De Livarot  E.coli10, 33, 10, 21 & 32 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
16/10/2015Kefalotiri cheese in wheelsGreeceKaralis SA E.coli50 est, <3, 53 est, 26 est, <3 cfu/g CHE 05/2014
20/10/2015Cooked & peeled prawnVietnamTrong Nhan Seafood Company SPC29000, 230000, 120000, 200000, 35000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
21/10/2015 Sliced mackerelGreeceEl.Vi.Al. SA (Greece) Listeria monocytogenesD<50, D<50, D<50, D<50, D<50 cfu/g SCM 05/2014
22/10/2015 Casatica Di Bufala Cheese ItalyAzienda Agricola Gritti Bruno E Alfio SS Listeria monocytogenesDetectedcfu/g CHE 05/2014
26/10/2015 Black pepper crackedIndiaNishant Export (India) SalmonellaDetected /125g SPI 05/2014
28/10/2015 Saracino cheese wheelItalyGennaro Auricchio E.coli43, 23, <10, 15, <10 MPN/g CHE 05/2014
30/10/2015 Blue cheeseSpainQueixeria Prestes SL Listeria monocytogenesDetected /125g CHE 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of fail Product descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
7/10/2015Tapioca chips IndiaFineday Foods Hydrocyanic acid28 mg/kg CAS 05/2014
20/10/2015Pistachio nut kernelsChinaSun Wing Nuts & Food Co. Ltd Aflatoxin0.081 mg/kg NUT 05/2014
26/10/2015 Satay paste ChinaShantou Food Factory Limited Aflatoxin0.039 mg/kg SAT 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 non-compliant 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 descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
27/08/2015 Sugar snap peasChinaGuangzhou Linqi Trading Co Ltd Iprodione0.48 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
27/08/2015 Sugar snap peasChinaGuangzhou Linqi Trading Co Ltd Iprodione0.079 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
7/09/2015Chilli bean curdChinaGuiyang Nanming Laoganma Special Flavour Foodstuff Co Ltd Bacillus cereus1500, 3200, 1700, 2300, 1600 cfu/g User guide to FSC Std 1.6.1
8/09/2015Goraka pasteSri LankaDerana Marketing Services Pvt Ltd Lead0.38 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
10/09/2015 Fresh snow peasChinaGuangzhou Linqi Trading Co Ltd Iprodione 0.67mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
14/09/2015 Chinese frozen spinachChinaShanghai Zhaoyong International Trade Co. Ltd. Chlorpyrifos 0.042, 0.014mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
15/09/2015 Frozen black tiger prawn with garlic marinadeVietnamTrang Khanh Seafood Co Ltd (Dl 343) Ciprofloxacin0.0032mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
25/09/2015 VinegarJapanShimaya Co Ltd Composition (identified through labelling)Additive disodium succinate not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
25/09/2015VinegarJapanShimaya Co LtdComposition (identified through labelling)Additive disodium succinate not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
13/10/2015 Confectionary South AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited) Composition (identified through labelling) Additive Erythrosine (E127)  not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
14/10/2015 Coconut cream ThailandSuree Interfoods Co Ltd Composition (identified through labelling) Additive E412 not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
14/10/2015Coconut creamThailandSuree Interfoods Co LtdComposition (identified through labelling)Additive E412 not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
22/10/2015Dry spratMyanmarMax World International Co Ltd Histamine460 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
23/10/2015 CurrantsNetherlandsFruit Management Europe B.V Thiacloprid  0.18 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
30/10/2015 Preserved olive ChinaXiamen Gulong Import And Export Ltd (China) Lead0.41 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
30/10/2015 Preserved olive ChinaXiamen Gulong Import And Export Ltd (China) Lead0.36 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
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