Failing Food Report – December 2018

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, December 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 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
4/12/2018Butter fish slicesLatviaSia "Karavela" Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g FSH 07/2018
10/12/2018Desiccated coconutVietnamDinh Phu My Coconut Co. Ltd SalmonellaDetected/250g DC 05/2014
4/12/2018Seafood marinara mixVietnamTin Thinh Co Ltd E. coli<2.3, 9.3, <2.3, <2.3, 2.3MPN/g MSM 11/2018
11/12/2018Pistachio halvaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic As SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
11/12/2018Plain halvaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic As SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
11/12/2018Cocoa halvaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic As SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
29/11/2018Chilli powderIndiaFudkor India Pvt Ltd SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018
14/12/2018Chilli masalaIndiaFudkor India Pvt Ltd SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018
29/11/2018Sliced salmonDenmarkPrime Ocean A/S Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g FSH 07/2018
11/12/2018Gialloblu cheeseItalyLa Casara Roncolato Romano Srl Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 07/2018
17/12/2018Gorgonzola cheeseItalyCiresa Snc (Italy) I-03/165/Cee (Lecco) Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 07/2018
18/12/2018Smoked salmonDenmarkPrime Ocean A/S Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g FSH 07/2018
17/12/2018CocklesIndonesiaPt Sari Nusa Sejati E. coli110, 110, >110, 46, >110MPN/g MOL 04/2017
20/12/2018Black pepperChinaHong Kong Sing Hung Food Co SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
19/12/2018Dried anchovies – head offMyanmarEvershine Trading Co LtdHistamine770mg/kg HIS 12/2016
24/12/2018Fresh yellowfin tunaMaldivesBigfish MaldivesHistamine720mg/kg HIS 12/2016
24/12/2018Fresh yellowfin tunaMaldivesBigfish MaldivesHistamine329mg/kg HIS 12/2016
24/12/2018Fresh yellowfin tunaMaldivesBigfish MaldivesHistamine1262mg/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 nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
3/12/2018Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.02mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
10/12/2018Dried apricotTurkeyGuzel Can Gida Tarim Urunleri Ins. San Ve Tic. Ltd. StiFenvalerate0.113mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
10/12/2018Chilli tofuChinaBeijing Ershang Wangzhihe Food Co Ltd Bacillus cereus250, 1500, 500, 1800, 3100mg/kgImported Food Control Act section 3(2)
11/12/2018Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedProfenofos0.36mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
18/12/2018Curry powderSouth AfricaPacko (Verulam South Africa)Irradiated chilli, and mustardIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.2.1/1.5.3
28/12/2018Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.04mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
28/12/2018Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.024mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
19/12/2018Green chilliesIndiaInnovative CuisineTebuconazole0.15mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
17/12/2018Betel nutMyanmarH-Htet Company Ltd Areca catechu
(Betel nut)
Prohibited plant  FSC 1.4.4
19/12/2018Frozen dried longanThailandTanaya International Co LtdCarbendazim0.060mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/12/2018Chopped spinachIndiaFinns Frozen Foods (India) LimitedChlorpyrifos0.28mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
24/12/2018Frozen spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries Limited E. coli
Chorpyrifos Profenofos
4, 9, 75, 43, 23
0.085
0.12
MPN/g
mg/kg
mg/kg
Imported Food Control Act section 3(2)

FSC 1.4.2
20/12/2018Jute leavesPhilippinesKaelen Phils IncChlorpyrifos
Profenofos
0.089
0.28
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
28/12/2018Frozen tilapiaTaiwanGallant Ocean International Inc (7f30013)Flumequine
Oxolinicacid
0.003
0.003
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
27/12/2018Dried plumsChinaShantou Lifa Trading Co., Ltd.Additive amaranthNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
13/12/2018Tea drinkIndonesiaPt Ultra Jaya Milk Industry & Trading Co TbkVitamin CNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2
11/12/2018Sardines in tomato sauce with chilliPhilippinesChattrade EnterprisesColour E161gNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
7/12/2018Pilchards in hot chilli sauceSouth AfricaLucky StarIrradiated cayenne pepperIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.2.1/FSC 1.5.3
18/12/2018Frozen seasoned albacoreJapanIshihara Suisan Co LtdCarbon monoxide0.83mg/kg FSC 1.3.3
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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