Failing Food Report – January 2018

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, March 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. 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
2/01/2018Cooked prawnsIndiaAsvini Fisheries LtdStandard plate count74000, 250000, 170000, 52000, 410000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
2/01/2018Pepper powderSri Lanka Wijaya Products Pvt Ltd (Sri Lanka) SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
3/01/2018Cooked garlic prawnsVietnamSeavina Joint Stock CompanyStandard plate count<1000, 10000 est. 2000 est. 120000, 12000000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
3/01/2018Black pepper powderIndiaM/S Mahashian Di Hatti Ltd., SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
2/01/2018Pasteurised crab meatIndonesiaPhillips Seafood (Indonesia)Standard plate count5700000, 2800000, 5100000, 2100000, 640000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
10/01/2018Cooked prawn ringsVietnamMinh Phu - Hau Giang Seafood CorpStandard plate count1500000, 1600, 25000, 12000, 700cfu/g CRU 05/2014
15/01/2018Cooked garlic prawnsVietnamSeavina Joint Stock CompanyStandard plate count12000, 16000, 5200, 2400000, 3200cfu/g CRU 05/2014
17/01/2018Frozen fresh water musselsFijiFiji Agro Marketing E. coli 46.0, 9.3, 9.3, <2.3, 9.3MPN/g MOL 04/2017
18/01/2018Crushed chilliThailandMae Pratuong Brand SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
15/01/2018Gorgonzola DOP tosi ItalyCaseificio Tosi Dei F.Lli Tosi Snc Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017
15/01/2018Burrata cheeseItalyCaseificio Palazzo Spa Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017
23/01/2018Cooked prawn meatVietnamC.P Vietnam CorporationStandard plate count~3300000, <1000, <1000, <1000, 3000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
23/01/2018Chilli powderIndiaMahashian Di Hatti Ltd (India) SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
24/01/2018Organic white ground pepperSri LankaBughary Bio Spices SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
24/01/2018Gorgonzola cheeseItalyCiresa Snc (Italy) I-03/165/Cee (Lecco) Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 03/2017

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
8/01/2018Dried anchovySri LankaThineera TradersHistamine680mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/01/2018Dried bonitoSri LankaThineera TradersHistamine270mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/01/2018Dried keeramin fishSri LankaForeconns Canneries (Beruwelaq Sri Lanka)Histamine1000mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/01/2018Dried seer fishSri LankaForeconns Canneries (Beruwelaq Sri Lanka)Histamine390mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/01/2018Dried fish powderJapanFukushima Katsuo Co LtdHistamine750mg/kg HIS 12/2016
5/01/2018 Frozen sardines Indonesia Pt Emas Ikan Samudera Indonesia Histamine 1059 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
9/01/2018 Maldive fish chips Sri Lanka Enrich Tea And Food Exports (Pvt) Ltd Histamine 270 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
17/01/2018 Peanut fry India Abn Trades Aflatoxin 0.079 mg/kg NUT 10/2016
19/01/2018 Marinated anchovies Italy Agostino Recca Histamine 1200 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
25/01/2018 Cracker nuts Philippines Ksk Food Products Aflatoxin 0.019 mg/kg NUT 10/2016
24/01/2018 Peanut candies Malaysia Pmn Biscuit Industries Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) Aflatoxin 0.029 mg/kg NUT 10/2016
30/01/2018 Salted anchovy sauce Philippines Kaelen Phils Inc Histamine 280 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
24/01/2018 Hot peanut salad dressing Indonesia Cv Sentosa Enterprise Aflatoxin 0.031 mg/kg NUT 10/2016  
24/01/2018Mild peanut salad dressingIndonesiaCv Sentosa EnterpriseAflatoxin0.013
The product contains 62% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.0093
mg/kg NUT 10/2016
24/01/2018Mild pecel peanut dressingIndonesiaCv Sentosa EnterpriseAflatoxin0.012
The product contains 54% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.0081
mg/kg NUT 10/2016
24/01/2018Mild satay peanut dressingIndonesiaCv Sentosa EnterpriseAflatoxin0.017mg/kg NUT 10/2016

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 foods webpage.

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AnalyteResult/sUnitsStandard
5/01/2018Frozen mixed berriesChileAgricola Los Batros SaProcymidone0.045mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
9/01/2018Baby okraIndiaGlobal Gourmet Pvt LtdAcephate0.03mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
9/01/2018Cut okraIndiaGlobal Gourmet Pvt LtdAcephate0.07mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
5/01/2018Salted plumsChinaH & N Australia Pty LtdLead0.2mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
10/01/2018Betel nut MyanmarEastern Lad Company Ltd (Yangon)Betel nutProhibited plantmg/kg FSC 1.4.4
19/01/2018Wheaten flourTaiwanYi-Feng Food Co., Ltd.Vitamin CNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2
23/01/2018Fresh betel leavesMyanmarH-Htet Company LtdChlorpyrifos
Metalaxyl
0.23
0.3
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
24/01/2018Mixed fruit jamIndiaHindustan Unilever LimitedVitamin B3Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2
29/01/2018Frozen seasoned squidChinaDalian Gaishi Food Co LtdColour annatto 160bNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
30/01/2018Dried goraka fruitSri LankaRabeena Food (Pvt) Ltd (Sri Lanka)2-Phenylphenol0.18mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
30/01/2018Salted plumsHong KongEttason (Hong Kong) LtdLead0.2mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
29/01/2018Pandan leavesThailandO-Cha Food Pack Co., Ltd (Thailand)Chlorpyrifos
Difenoconazole
0.043
0.078
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
29/01/2018Pandan leavesThailandO-Cha Food Pack Co., Ltd (Thailand)Difenoconazole0.39mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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