Failing Food Report – December 2020

Publication details

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, December 2020

This report lists food that has failed under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).

Data set - Importing Food Inspection Scheme - monthly failing food reports

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Risk food tests

We target and monitor food that poses a high or medium risk to public health. We refer 100% of risk food imports until we establish a history of compliance.

Table 1 lists non-compliant food we’ve detected.

Non-compliant food can’t be distributed for sale in Australia. We supervise the importer destroying or re-exporting it.

Table 1 Risk food test results

Date of fail Product description Country of origin Producer name Reason for fail Result/s Units Reference
24/11/2020 Dried shaved bonito Japan Yamaki Co Ltd Histamine 240 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
27/11/2020 Pickled fish powder Sri Lanka Taviuc Co Ltd Histamine 240 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
4/12/2020 Peanuts blanched Brazil Beatrice Comercio Importacao E Exportacao De Amendom Ltda Aflatoxin 0.033 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
4/12/2020 Peanuts flour coated India Jamnadas Ruttonsey and Company Aflatoxin 0.22 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
4/12/2020 Dried Spanish mackerel Sri Lanka CMB Lanka (Private) Limited Histamine 410 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
4/12/2020 Dried Spanish mackerel Sri Lanka CMB Lanka (Private) Limited Histamine 920 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
7/12/2020 Peanut/sesame paste China Beijing Wangzhihe Foodstuff Factory Aflatoxin 0.011 (product contains 50% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.0075) mg/kg NUT 11/2018
7/12/2020 Anchovy fillets in olive oil Italy Talatta SRL Histamine 2150 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/12/2020 Anchovies Italy Delizie Di Calaeria Histamine 310 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/12/2020 Maldive fish chips Sri Lanka Derana Marketing Services Pvt Ltd Histamine 250 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
9/12/2020 Peanut chickee Pakistan Oasis Corporation Aflatoxin 0.014 (product contains 60% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.009) mg/kg NUT 11/2018
11/12/2020 Dried anchovy Myanmar SHWE Myanmar Investment and Commercial Co Ltd Histamine 360 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
15/12/2020 Kelp powder Korea Republic of BKF Global Iodine 4380 mg/kg BSW 12/2016
17/12/2020 Peeled and cooked cocktail prawns Thailand Thai Union Seafood Company Ltd Vibrio cholerae Detected /125g CRU 11/2020
16/12/2020 Canned tuna (tuna and onion) Thailand ABD Khan Co Ltd Histamine 455 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
16/12/2020 Canned tuna (tomato and basil) Thailand ABD Khan Co Ltd Histamine 812 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
17/12/2020 Seasoning peanuts fully cooked China Zhejiang Chenhua Co Ltd Aflatoxin 0.192 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
17/12/2020 Anchovy fillets Italy Talatta SRL Histamine 330 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
18/12/2020 Prepared fish (otsunami koago) Japan Kojima Shokuhin Co Ltd Histamine 250 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
22/12/2020 Hijiki seaweed Korea Republic of BKF Global Inorganic arsenic 80.3 mg/kg HJS 10/2016
24/12/2020 Peanuts diced & blanched China AHCOF Industrial Development Co Ltd Aflatoxin 0.06 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
30/12/2020 Chilli powder India Synthite Industries Ltd Salmonella Detected /125g SPI 06/2019

Surveillance food tests

We randomly refer 5% of surveillance food imports. We test for compliance to certain standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and to verify safety.

Table 2 lists non-compliant food we’ve detected. We will test further imported consignments of this food at an increased rate. We do this until the overseas producer reaches a history of compliance. To achieve this, we apply a holding order to the non-compliant food from the particular overseas producer. This legal instrument flags the food for increased testing.

‘HO match’ indicates the fail was against an existing holding order. See a list of published holding orders.

Table 2 Surveillance food test results

Date of fail Product description Country of origin Producer name Test applied Reason for fail Result/s Units Reference Holding order number
19/11/2020 Fruit jelly Malaysia Tenten Composition Additive sodium benzoate (211) Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 16583
1/12/2020 Horseradish powdered Japan Kinjirushi Wasabi Co (Yokohama Japan) Composition Vitamin C Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 16579
8/12/2020 Custard cake one roll Vietnam Tan Tien Phat Food Manufacturer Composition Colour 131 Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 16609
9/12/2020 Betel nut India Shree Ram Exports Composition Areca catechu (Betel nut) Prohibited plant n/a FSC 1.4.4 16605
9/12/2020 Frozen cut hyacinth beans India Vadilal Industries Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Profenofos 0.035 Exceeds permitted MRL mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match 15664
10/12/2020 Rice Thailand C.P Intertrade Co Ltd Lead Lead 0.9 mg/kg FSC 1.4.1 16613
10/12/2020 Barramundi skin on Indonesia PT Iambeu Mina Utama Chemical Nitrofurazone 0.004 Not permitted in this food mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 16614
11/12/2020 Cereal original chips ahoy United States Smart & Final Composition Vitamin B5 Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 HO match 16208
14/12/2020 Raspberry juice concentrate Canada Pacific Coast Fruit Products Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Fipronil 0.10 Exceeds permitted MRL mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 16621
15/12/2020 Garlic shoots China Anqiu Artisan Agricultural Products Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Thiabendazole 0.28 Exceeds permitted MRL mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 16626
22/12/2020 Rice ball Singapore Tee Yih Jia Food Mfg Pte Ltd Composition Additive 127 (Erythrosine) Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 16649
23/12/2020 Fruit jam mixed Korea Republic of Hindustan Unilever Ltd Composition Vitamin B3 Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 16659
23/12/2020 Jelly Korea Republic of Orion Corporation Composition Additive colouring- carthamus yellow Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 16645
23/12/2020 Jelly Korea Republic of Orion Corporation Composition Additive colouring- gardenia blue Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 16645
31/12/2020 Coffee Nescafe roast ready to drink Thailand Quality Coffee Product Co Ltd Composition Caffeine 800 mg/L FSC 2.6.4 16668
Last reviewed: 11 February 2021
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