Failing Food Report – September 2018

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, September 2018​

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. 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
10/09/2018Frozen pizza cheeseItalyMilk Srl Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 07/2018
10/09/2018Cooked prawnsThailandCharoen Pokphand Foods Co Ltd (Establishment 1024) Vibrio choleraeDetected/125g CRU 05/2014
17/09/2018Dried chilliChinaXinduqu Mingxing Condiment Factory SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018
19/09/2018Frozen cooked crab meatVietnamHuy Nam Seafoods Co LtdStandard plate count360 000, 4 600 000, 96 000, 370 000, 270 000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
20/09/2018Chilli powderIndiaPatidar Exports Pvt Limited SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
6/09/2018Peanut productIndiaVisnukumar (India)Aflatoxin0.045mg/kg NUT 10/2016
6/09/2018Peanut productIndonesiaPt Dua Kelinci (Indonesia)Aflatoxin0.009
The product contains 39% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.0058
mg/kg NUT 10/2016
6/09/2018PeanutsPhilippinesGfi Enterprises Inc (Philippines)Aflatoxin0.020mg/kg NUT 10/2016
20/09/2018Peanut productIndiaJeyam Trading AgencyAflatoxin0.027mg/kg NUT 10/2016
20/09/2018Peanut productIndonesiaPt Rasa Sayang Ais KrimAflatoxin0.17mg/kg NUT 10/2016
20/09/2018Peanut productIndonesiaPt Rasa Sayang Ais KrimAflatoxin0.079mg/kg NUT 10/2016

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
7/09/2018Instant datesChinaLiang Pin Pu Zi Industry Food Co LtdCarbendazim
Cyhalothrin
Cypermethrin
Difenoconazole
Pyraclostrobin
Tebuconazole
0.34
0.05
0.25
0.18 
0.16
0.19 
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/09/2018Fresh baby cornThailandSwift Co Ltd E. coli460, 460, 460, 240, 75MPN/g Imported Food Control Act 3(2)
14/09/2018Okra cutIndiaAerath Business CorporationAcephate3.9mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/09/2018Drumstick leavesFijiReddy's ExportDeltamethrin0.39mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/09/2018Bael LeavesFijiReddy's ExportDeltamethrin0.72mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/09/2018Roselle leavesFijiReddy's ExportAcephate
Methamidophos
7.8
0.82
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/09/2018Seedless plumsTaiwanMei Yuan Preserved Foods Co Ltd TaiwanLead0.21mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
24/09/2018Chopped spinachIndiaFinns Frozen Foods (India) LimitedDimethoate0.075mg/kg FSC 1.4.2