Failing Food Report – April 2019

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, April 2019​

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 o​n 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 analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
1/04/2019Cooked blue swimmer crab meatIndonesiaPhillips Seafood (Indonesia)Standard Plate Count670 000, 1 000 000, 73 000,
2 600 000, 33 000
cfu/g CRU 03/2019
11/04/2019Kashmiri chilli powderIndiaBrahmins Food India Pvt Ltd (India) SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018
18/04/2019Tahini sesame seed pasteTurkeyCelikler Gida San Tric Ltd Sti SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
24/04/2019Plain halvaEgyptDolby Trade SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
29/04/2019Montasio cheeseItalyBerneri Spa Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 07/2018
18/04/2019Frozen hard clamsIndonesiaPt. Karya Agung Lestari Jaya E. coli9.3, 46, 2.3, 4.3, 2.3MPN/g MOL 04/2017
9/04/2019Gorgonzola cheeseItalyCiresa Snc (Italy) I-03/165/Cee (Lecco) Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 07/2018

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
2/04/2019Dried seaweed slicesChinaLuo Yuan Jia Zhi Wei Food Co LtdIodine4060mg/kg BSW 12/2016
11/04/2019Dried fishSri LankaEnrich Tea And Food Exports   (Pvt) LtdHistamine1000mg/kg HIS 12/2016
11/04/2019Dried fishSri LankaEnrich Tea And Food Exports (Pvt) LtdHistamine2900mg/kg HIS 12/2016
16/04/2019KelpTaiwanGrand Spark Enterprise Co LtdIodine3800mg/kg BSW 12/2016
12/04/2019Chilled tuna loinIndonesiaPt Iambeu Mina UtamaHistamine357mg/kg HIS 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 nameTest applied Reason for failResult/sUnitsReference
2/04/2019Worcestershire sauceSouth AfricaHeinz Foods South Africa CompositionIrradiated garlic and onionsNot a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.5.3
10/04/2019Dried plumsChinaShantou Lifa Trading Co., Ltd. CompositionAdditive amaranth (123)Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1
8/04/2019DatesUnited StatesDesert Valleys Dates Inc. Fruit and vegetable residue screenHexythiazox0.87mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
10/04/2019Fresh baby cornThailandSiam Fresh Enterprise Co Ltd E. coli - Fresh vegetables: baby corn, sweet/sugar snap peas, chillies E. coli190, 140, 50, <3, <3mg/kg Imported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
10/04/2019Frozen spinachIndiaInnovative Cuisine Fruit and vegetable residue screenChlorpyrifos0.28mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
15/04/2019Indian flat beansIndiaAdf Foods (India) Fruit and vegetable residue screenChlorpyrifos0.04mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
11/04/2019Formulated supplementary foodSri LankaNestle Sri-Lanka Ltd
(Sri Lanka)
CompositionVitamin B8 Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
16/04/2019Indian flat beansIndiaInnovative Cuisine Fruit and vegetable residue screenCypermethrin
Fenvalerate
0.14
0.58
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
4/04/2019Formulated supplementary sports foodUnited StatesMacrocap Labs Inc. Composition Eria jarensis- Unapproved novel food  FSC 1.5.1
Kigelia africana- Considered to pose a risk to human health   Imported Food Control Act 1992
Section 3(2)(a)(vii)
11/04/2019Betel nutIndiaMinaxi Multi Product (India) Pvt. Ltd Composition Areca catechu
(Betel nut)
Prohibited plant FSC 1.4.4
15/04/2019Bean curd with rice sauceTaiwanXin Peng Lai Foods Bacillus cereus - tofu, soy bean curd, soy milk curd Bacillus cereus4300, 1200, 4000, 5200, 1900cfu/g Imported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
15/04/2019Preserved sweet bean curdTaiwanXin Peng Lai Foods Bacillus cereus - tofu, soy bean curd, soy milk curd Bacillus cereus1600, 3400, 3200, 5200, 1900cfu/g Imported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
11/04/2019Dried red datesChinaYicheng Dashanhe Modern Agriculture Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screenTebuconazole0.17mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
8/04/2019Indian flat beansIndiaInnovative Cuisine Fruit and vegetable residue screenCyhalothrin Cypermethrin0.26
0.26
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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