Failing Food Report – February 2019

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, February 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
1/02/2019Frozen cooked mud crabFijiFiji Agro MarketingStandard plate count<1500, 19000000, 11000, 13000000, 22000cfu/gCRU 11/2018

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
6/02/2019Dried sea weed slicesChinaLuoyuan Jiazhiwei Food Co LtdIodine2770mg/kgBSW 12/2016
7/02/2019Dried kelpTaiwanCheng Chi Food Ind LtdIodine3470mg/kgBSW 12/2016
8/02/2019Dried kelpRepublic of KoreaYoung Il General FoodIodine5930mg/kgBSW 12/2016
8/02/2019Dried kelpRepublic of KoreaYoung Il General FoodIodine4660mg/kgBSW 12/2016
6/02/2019Frozen dried anchoviesMalaysiaSeng Enterprise Seafood Supplier (1986) Sdn. BhdHistamine270mg/kgHIS 12/2016
6/02/2019Dried trevallySri LankaDerana Marketing Services Pvt LtdHistamine1100mg/kgHIS 12/2016
18/02/2019Blanched peanutsChinaShandong Fengsheng Foods Co LtdAflatoxin0.088mg/kgNUT 11/2018
19/02/2019Fermented salted fishPhilippinesFitrite Incorporated (Philippines)Histamine240mg/kgHIS 12/2016
19/02/2019Maldive fish chipsSri LankaMd Lanka Canneries Pvt LtdHistamine620mg/kgHIS 12/2016
21/02/2019Fresh Spanish mackerelIndonesiaCv Pacific FortunaHistamine680mg/kgHIS 12/2016
21/02/2019Garlic flavoured peanutsPhilippinesMarket Reach InternationalAflatoxin0.019mg/kgNUT 11/2018
7/01/2019Fresh yellowfin tunaMaldivesBigfish MaldivesHistamine1048mg/kgHIS 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
4/02/2019Fresh sugar snap peasChinaShanghai Sunqiao Minshen Mushroom Co LtdDifenoconazole0.05mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
1/02/2019Red chilliThailandO-Cha Food Pack Co., Ltd (Thailand)Difenoconazole
Propiconazole
0.26
0.13
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
8/02/2019Instant red date sliceChinaXin Zheng City Xin Xing Jujube Co LtdCypermethrin
Difenoconazole
Tebuconazole
0.13
0.12
0.06
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
6/02/2019TamarindIndiaKkr Agro Mills (P) Ltd2-Phenylphenol0.25mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
30/01/2019Jelly cupsChinaXizhiland Food Co., LtdKonjacKonjac added as an ingredient to jelly cup products is considered to pose a risk to human health Imported Food Control Act 1992 Section 3(2)(a)(vii)
12/02/2019Frozen tilapiaTaiwanGallant Ocean International Inc (7f30013)Ciprofloxacin0.0063mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
5/02/2019Pomegranates United StatesSuntreeBifenthrin0.083mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
30/01/2019Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.02mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
30/01/2019Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.024mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
30/01/2019Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedAcephate0.08mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
18/02/2019BarramundiTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.51mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
6/02/2019Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.03mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
12/02/2019Pickles katsuo umeChinaSansho Pty LtdVitamin B1Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
12/02/2019Pickles hachimitsu umeChinaSansho Pty LtdVitamin B1Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
11/02/2019Tilapia fishVietnamHung Phong Co Ltd (Dl 531)Malachite green0.0066mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
18/02/2019Fermented bean curdChinaKaiping Guanghe Fermented Bean Curd LtdBacillus cereus>15000, >15000, >15000, >15000, >15000cfu/gImported Food Control Act section 3(2)
12/02/2019Snakehead fishVietnamHung Phong Co Ltd (Dl 531)Ciprofloxacin
Enrofloxacin
Levofloxicin
Ofloxacin
0.015
0.0030
0.031
0.031
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
12/02/2019Pineapple juicePhilippinesDel Monte Philippines Inc (Philippines)Vitamin ENot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
12/02/2019Palm fruitPhilippinesPearlFoods International Inc.Additive E222Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
26/02/2019Formulated supplementary sports foodUnited StatesCatalyst NutraceuticalsDynamineUnapproved novel food FSC 1.5.1
25/02/2019MargarinePhilippinesSan Miguel Purefoods Company IncNiacin,
Vitamin B2, B6, B12
Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
25/02/2019Surimi sticks with vegetablesJapanSs Food International Co LtdCalcium carbonateNot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
28/02/2019Dried red datesChinaXinzheng Xinxing Dates Co LtdThiamethoxam0.05mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
27/02/2019Formulated supplementary sports foodUnited StatesSos HydrationZinc sulphateNot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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