Failing food report - September 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 Scheme 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 and Water Resources targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk 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 FailProduct DescriptionCountry of OriginProducer NameOrganism Result/sUnitsStandard
10/07/2015 Crab meat claw ThailandViya Crab Products Co Ltd (Establishment 1278)Standard Plate Count610000, 980000, 910000, 370000, 720000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
7/09/2015Pasteurised crab meat ThailandViya Crab Products Co Ltd (Establishment 1278) Standard Plate Count43000, 250000, 240000, 290000, 190000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
7/09/2015Premium pasteurised crab meat claw ThailandViya Crab Products Co Ltd (Establishment 1278) Standard Plate Count260000, 51000, 32000, 290000, 280000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
8/09/2015Premium pasteurised crab meat claw ThailandViya Crab Products Co Ltd (Establishment 1278) Standard Plate Count<100, ~1900000, ~3700000, <100, ~2600000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
15/09/2015Seafood marinaraVietnamVan Duc Food Company Limited  E. coli9.3, 7.5, <2.3, <2.3, <2.3 MPN/g MSM 05/2014
15/09/2015Frozen peeled and cooked deveined black tiger prawns (tails off)VietnamThien Phu Exports Seafood Processing Company LimitedStandard Plate Count120000, 70000, 83000, 180000, 140000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014
14/09/2015Queso Arzua Ulloa Dop cheeseSpainQueixerias Bama  E. coli1700, 10, 1400, 230, 45cfu/g CHE 05/2014
25/09/2015Frozen boiled prawns VietnamThuan Phuoc Seafoods And Trading CorporationStandard Plate Count 17000, 4100, 130000, 110000, 140000 cfu/g CRU 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of FailProduct DescriptionCountry of OriginProducer NameOrganism Result/sUnitsStandard
1/09/2105Maldive fish chipsSri LankaLanka Canneries LimitedHistamine231 mg/kg SCM 05/2014
1/09/2105Pistachio nut kernelsChinaSun Wing Nuts & Food Co. Ltd.Aflatoxin0.51 mg/kg NUT05/2014
15/09/2015Mackerel fillets in olive oilPortugalCofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A.Histamine 401mg/kg SCM 05/2014
15/09/2015Mackerel fillets with Moroccan tomatoPortugal Cofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A. Histamine 212mg/kg SCM 05/2014
18/09/2015Mackerel fillets in Tuscan herb and olive oilPortugal Cofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A. Histamine 670mg/kg SCM 05/2014
18/09/2015Mackerel fillets in Tuscan herb and olive oilPortugal Cofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A. Histamine 1400mg/kg SCM 05/2014
18/09/2015Mackerel fillets in oilPortugal Cofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A. Histamine 1804mg/kg SCM 05/2014
21/09/2015Mackerel fillets with Indian style saucePortugal Cofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A. Histamine 790mg/kg SCM 05/2014
21/09/2015Mackerel fillets with Moroccan tomato Portugal Cofaco Acores Industria de Conservas, S.A. Histamine 520mg/kg SCM 05/2014

Random monitoring of food for compliance

The department operates a five per cent random surveillance program 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 FailProduct DescriptionCountry of OriginProducer NameAnalyte Result/sUnitsStandard
21/08/2015Seasoning powderJapanItoku Foods Co LtdComposition (identified through labelling)Prohibited plant – Bracken starch  FSC 1.4.4
18/08/2015PeachesUnited StatesKingsburg OrchardsFenpyroximate0.064  mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
9/09/2015Spirit cocktail energy drinkSouth AfricaDGB (Proprietary Limited)Composition (identified through labelling) Taurine and Caffeine not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
16/09/2015Xylitol bottle gum (apple mint and pink mint)Korea Republic OfLotte Confectionery Co LtdComposition (identified through labelling) Colours - Carthamus yellow & Gardenia blue not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
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