Failing Food Report – January 2020

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, January 2020

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

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Risk food tests

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

Table 1 lists noncompliant food we’ve detected.

Noncompliant 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
07/01/2020 Frozen cooked black tiger prawns Vietnam Trong Nhan Seafood Company Vibrio alginolyticus Detected /125g Section3, (2)(i) of the Imported Food Control Act 1992
09/01/2020 Cooked pasted crab Vietnam Hai Chau Aquatic Product Company Limited Standard plate count 100 000,
150 000,
73 000,
77 000,
290 0000
cfu/g CRU 03/2019
21/01/2020 Black pepper Iran Golha Food Industries Salmonella Detected /125g SPI 06/2019
21/01/2020 Gorgonzola dolce intero DOP cheese Italy La Casearia Carpenedo Listeria monocytogenes Detected /125g CHE 07/2018
28/01/2020 Crushed chilli Myanmar H-Htet Company Limited Salmonella Detected /125g SPI 06/2019
30/01/2020 Frozen cooked and peeled vannamei shrimp Vietnam Ocean Shine Food Ltd Co (Osc) Standard plate count 59 000, 33 000, 16 000, 210 000, 1 100 000 cfu/g CRU 03/2019
07/01/2020 Peanut cake Malaysia Meng Choon Food Industries Sdn Bhd Aflatoxin 0.057 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
17/01/2020 Tapioca chips India Malabar Natural Foods Pvt Ltd Hydrocyanic acid 20 mg/kg CAS 09/2016
17/01/2020 Tapioca chips masala flavour India Malabar Natural Foods Pvt Ltd Hydrocyanic acid 24 mg/kg CAS 09/2016
23/01/2020 Tapioca chilli strips India Malabar Natural Foods Pvt Ltd Hydrocyanic acid 11 mg/kg CAS 09/2016
23/01/2020 Tapioca chips India Malabar Natural Foods Pvt Ltd Hydrocyanic acid 21 mg/kg CAS 09/2016
30/01/2020 Hot and spicy cracker nuts Philippines Dmc Enterprise Aflatoxin 0.016 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
30/01/2020 Peanuts Indonesia Ud Galang Aflatoxin 0.045 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
30/01/2020 Salted anchovies Philippines Golden Hands Mfg Corp Histamine 260 mg/kg HIS 12/2016

Surveillance food tests

We randomly test 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 noncompliant food we’ve detected. We will test future consignments of this food at an increased rate of testing. We do this until the overseas producer reaches a history of compliance. To achieve this, we apply a holding order to the noncompliant 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
07/01/2020 Toor dal Myanmar Ays Mfg Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Chlorpyrifos 0.038 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
07/01/2020 Frozen pandan leaves Thailand O-Cha Food Pack Co., Ltd (Thailand) Fruit and vegetable residue screen Fludioxonil 0.03 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
10/01/2020 Margarine Indonesia Pt Unilever Indonesia Tbk Composition Niacin ,Vitamin B1 and B2 Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 HO match
15/01/2020 Fresh betel leaves India Thangapandi International Fruit and vegetable residue screen Carbendazim
Metalaxyl
0.065
0.92
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15619
17/01/2020 Frozen basa steaks Vietnam Viet Nam Fish Co Ltd Seafood antimicrobial tests Enrofloxacin 0.005 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15625
17/01/2020 Frozen hot Thai red chillies Vietnam Thai Thuan Binh Co. Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Chlorpyrifos
Difenoconazole
0.042
0.071
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
17/01/2020 Frozen hot Thai red chillies Vietnam Thai Thuan Binh Co. Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Difenoconazole
Propiconazole
0.059
0.11
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
21/01/2020 Chinese spinach China Shanghai Xushun Foodstuff Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Paclobutrazol 0.02 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15627
21/01/2020 Frozen soft shell crab Myanmar Gallant Ocean Trading Co., Ltd. Seafood antimicrobial tests Nitrofurazone 0.002 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15631
21/01/2020 Frozen soft shell crab Myanmar Gallant Ocean Trading Co., Ltd. Seafood antimicrobial tests Nitrofurazone 0.003 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15631
21/01/2020 Frozen soft shell crab Myanmar Gallant Ocean Trading Co., Ltd. Seafood antimicrobial tests Nitrofurazone 0.003 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15631
28/01/2020 Preserved plums China Kai Fat Foods Company Limited Composition Additive Sodium benzoate (E211) Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 15636
31/01/2020 Raspberry juice concentrate United States Doehler Juice Solutions Fruit and vegetable residue screen Captan 33.7 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15646
Last reviewed: 15 April 2020
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