Failing Food Report – September 2016

​​​​​​​​​​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 targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk fo​od 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 of Agriculture and Water Resources 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 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
9/09/2016Frozen cooked and peeled shrimp ChinaFuqing Chaohui Aquatic Food Co. LtdStandard Plate Count110000, 300000, 21000, 270000, 120000 cfu/gCRU 05/2014
13/09/2016Blue cheeseUnited kingdomCornish Cheese Co (Ls015ec)Listeria monocytogenesDetected /125gCHE 07/2016
27/09/2016Kashmiri chilli powderIndiaGrandma's Food ProductsSalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 05/2014
18/08/2016Frozen tiny red chilliVietnamMinh Anh International Co LtdSalmonellaDetected /125gSPI 05/2014

 

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameAnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
2/09/2016Pistachio kernelsTurkeyKahraman Co IncAflatoxin0.019mg/kgNUT 10/16
19/09/2016Maldive fish chipsSri lankaDerana Marketing Services Pvt LtdHistamine270mg/kgSCM 05/2014
23/09/2016Pistachio kernelsChinaSun Wing Nuts & Food Co. Ltd.Aflatoxin0.065mg/kgNUT 10/16

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 foods webpage.

 

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
1/09/2016Bitter gourdBangladeshSabjiana LimitedCarbendazim
Chlorpyrifos
Carbendazim 0.083;
Chlorpyrifos 0.048
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
6/09/2016Frozen whole chilliVietnamCong Ty Tnhh Che Bien Nong Hai San Thanh DatDifenoconazole
Profenofos
Difenoconazole 0.1;
Profenofos 0.2
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
2/09/2016Dried pitted datesIranSamar Jonube CompanyCypermethrin0.06mg/kgFSC 1.4.2

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