Failing Food Report – August 2017

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, August 2017

This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month. For full data o​n 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. 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
7/08/2017Cooked prawns VietnamStapimexStandard plate count1000000, 970000, 2600000, 3300000, 3300000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
7/08/2017Cooked vannamei shrimp ChinaShantou Ruiyuan Industry Co., LtdStandard plate count1300000, ~2400, ~2100, ~1900, 7700cfu/g CRU 05/2014
10/08/2017Chilli powder – extra hotIndiaRoy International SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
10/08/2017Cooked prawn meatMalaysiaJeen Huat Food Stuffs Industries Sdm Bhd (Malaysia)Standard plate count70000, 240000, 310000, 110000, 71000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
16/08/2017Red chilli powderPakistanPacific Worldwide Trading SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
17/08/2017Cooked prawn meat BangladeshBd Seafood LimitedStandard Plate Count~120000, ~150000, ~150000, ~60000, ~150000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
14/08/2017Kashmiri chilli powderIndiaRoy International SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
22/08/2017Cooked peeled prawnsChinaGuangdong Wanya Foods Fty Co LtdStandard plate count160000, 6800000, 240000, 5900, 9200cfu/g CRU 05/2014
24/08/2017Fontina DOP 1/4 cheeseItalyNicoletta Srl Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017
22/08/2017Cooked garlic prawnsChinaZhangzidao Group (Rongcheng) Food CoStandard Plate Count110000, 81000, 420000, 71000, 250000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
22/08/2017Cooked garlic prawnsChinaZhangzidao Group (Rongcheng) Food CoStandard Plate Count280000, 8100, 300000, 72000, 130000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
25/08/2017Boiled scallopsJapanAjino-Kakunoya Co Ltd Listeria monocytogenesDetected /125g MOL 04/2017
28/08/2017Kashmiri chilli powderIndiaBrahmins Food India Pvt Ltd (India) SalmonellaDetected /125g SPI 05/2014
30/08/2017Cooked shrimp ChinaGuangdong Wanya Foods Fty Co LtdStandard Plate Count>30000000, 15000, >30000000, >30000000, >30000000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
28/08/2017Cooked vannamei prawnsVietnamNew Dragon Seafood Factory, Stapimex.Standard Plate Count680000, 62000, 470000, 180000, 170000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
28/08/2017 Cooked vannamei prawns Vietnam New Dragon Seafood Factory, Stapimex. Standard Plate Count 110000, 300000, 72000, 180000, 180000cfu/g CRU 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
15/08/2017Anchovy FilletsItalyBenedetto Scalia SrlHistamine280mg/kg HIS 12/2016
15/08/2017Anchovy FilletsItalyBenedetto Scalia SrlHistamine560mg/kg HIS 12/2016
15/08/2017Anchovy Fillets in Extra Virgin Olive OilItalyBenedetto Scalia SrlHistamine1100mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/08/2017Peanut cake (peanut biscuit)TaiwanHurng Fur Foods Factory Co LtdAflatoxin0.028
Percentage of product that is peanut is 68%. Therefore the maximum level is 0.0102.
mg/kg NUT 10/2016
8/08/2017Smooth peanut butterSouth AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited)Aflatoxin0.04mg/kg NUT 10/2016
31/08/2017Pistachio kernels United StatesCal Pure Pistachios Inc-UsaAflatoxin 0.016mg/kg NUT 10/2016
31/08/2017Dried Anchovy (Dilis)PhilippinesKaelen Phils IncHistamine530mg/kg HIS 12/2016
31/08/2017Dried seaweedKorea, Republic ofOttogi Co LtdIodine3300mg/kg
dry weight
BSW 12/2016
31/08/2017 Dried seaweed Korea, Republic of Ottogi Co Ltd Iodine 4100 mg/kg
dry weight
BSW 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 nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
3/08/2017Dried plumsTaiwanShun Tai Food Co., LtdLead0.49mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
1/08/2017Basmati riceIndiaDaawat Foods LtdLead0.3mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
9/08/2017Asiago DOP cheeseItalyBattistella Formaggi E. coli46, 21, 110, 24, 15MPN/g FSC 1.6.1
Schedule 27
10/08/2017Dried spratsMyanmarMax World International Co LtdHistamine880mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
18/08/2017Pickled plum (fish flavour)JapanZhangpu Chang Sheng Nong Chan Co LtdLead0.26mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
17/08/2017Dried betel nutThailandFood Paradise 2112 CoBetel nutProhibited plant   FSC 1.4.4
17/08/2017Flavoured waterUnited StatesMiami Snacks & BeveragesCaffeineAdditive caffeine not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
17/08/2017Mixed fruit jamIndiaHindustan Unilever LimitedVitamin B3Additive vitamin B3 not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2
30/08/2017Basa headed and gutted cutletVietnamAgifish CoEnrofloxacin0.0048mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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