Failing Food Report – March 2019

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, March 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
15/03/2019Kashmiri chilli powderIndiaM.M. InternationalSalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 07/2018
18/03/2019Frozen cooked ark shellRepublic of KoreaBeolgyocodfish Co LtdEscherichia coli1.5, >110.0, 110.0, 0.72, 2.1,MPN/gMOL 04/2017
18/03/2019Frozen cooked crab meatIndonesiaPt Dhanajaya BogaindoStandard Plate Count310 000, 110 000 00, 180 000, 250 000, 130 000 00cfu/gCRU 03/2019
18/03/2019Frozen cooked crab meatIndonesiaPt Dhanajaya BogaindoStandard Plate Count
Coagulase-positive staphylococci
90 000, >30 000 000, 1 200 000, 20 000, <1500
<10, <10, >1500, <10, <10
cfu/gCRU 03/2019
18/03/2019Frozen cooked crab meatIndonesiaPt Dhanajaya BogaindoStandard Plate Count>30 000 000, >30 000 000,
4 400 000, 79 000, >30 000 000
cfu/gCRU 03/2019
18/03/2019Frozen cooked crab meatIndonesiaPt Dhanajaya BogaindoStandard Plate Count
Coagulase-positive staphylococci
26 000 000, 890 000, 1 000 000, 16 000 000, >30 000 000
>1 500, >1 500, >1 500, <10, <10
cfu/gCRU 03/2019
18/03/2019Frozen cooked crab meatIndonesiaPt Dhanajaya BogaindoStandard Plate Count>30 000 000, >30 000 000,
30 000 000, >30 000 000,
>30 000 000
cfu/gCRU 03/2019

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
1/03/2019Blanched peanutsChinaJunan Baoli Cereals & Oils Foodstuffs Co LtdAflatoxin0.21mg/kgNUT 11/2018
1/03/2019Peanut candyIndiaVisnukumar (India)Aflatoxin0.042mg/kgNUT 11/2018
7/03/2019Tuna loinsSri LankaQuality Food Exporters (Pvt) LtdHistamine1800mg/kgHIS 12/2016
7/03/2019Maldive fishSri LankaLakrasa Food (Pvt) LtdHistamine630mg/kgHIS 12/2016
7/03/2019Maldive fishSri LankaLakrasa Food (Pvt) LtdHistamine660mg/kgHIS 12/2016
18/03/2019Cooked salted peanutsVietnamLucky ShingAflatoxin0.16mg/kgNUT 11/2018
19/03/2019Dried anchoviesMyanmarEvershine Trading Co LtdHistamine690mg/kgHIS 12/2016
19/03/2019Dried shaved bonito fishJapanFukushima Katsuo Co LtdHistamine280mg/kgHIS 12/2016
26/03/2019Dried sardinella fishSri LankaForeconns Canneries (Beruwelaq Sri Lanka)Histamine870mg/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
1/03/2019Fresh orangesEgyptEl Rawan Co For Import & ExportCyhalothrin0.15mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
1/03/2019Indian flat beansIndiaInnovative CuisineCyhalothrin
Fenvalerate
0.11
0.53
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
5/03/2019Rosella leavesThailandNew Lamthong Foods Industries Co LtdCarbendazim
Cypermethrin
Metalaxyl
1.2
0.8
0.2
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
4/03/2019Dried long beansChinaChuanzhen Industry Co LtdThiamethoxam0.3mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
7/03/2019Dried white seedless plumsTaiwanMei Yuan Preserved Foods Co Ltd TaiwanLead0.69mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
7/03/2019Dried white plumsTaiwanMei Yuan Preserved Foods Co Ltd TaiwanLead0.83mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
6/03/2019Red grapefruitUnited StatesThe Fresh ConnectionCarbaryl0.67mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
7/03/2019Extra hot chutneySouth AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited)Irradiated chilliesNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
7/03/2019Hot vegetable atcharSouth AfricaPacko (Verulam South Africa)Irradiated chilli, irradiated mustard, irradiated turmericNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
28/02/2019Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.67mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
5/03/2019Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.53mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
5/03/2019Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.69mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
5/03/2019Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.93mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
5/03/2019Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.63mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
27/02/2019Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide1.3mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
28/03/2019Frozen Bluefin tunaTurkeyAkua-Kocaman Su Urunleri Uretim Ltd StiCarbon monoxide1.7mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
8/03/2019Mini jelly cupsChinaShenzhen Top China Imp & Exp 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)
13/03/2019Dried fruit granolaJapanCalbee.IncVitamin B12Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
13/03/2019Fruit granolaJapanCalbee.IncVitamin B12Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
25/03/2019Meetha paan shotsIndiaKhajanchi Exports (Mumbai India)Colour F22 chocolate brown FCFNot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1
5/03/2019Dried red datesChinaTianjin Jinghai Huixin Industry And Trade Co LtdCarbendazim, Cyhalothrin, Propiconazole, Pyrimethanil, Thiabendazole, Triadimefon, Triadimenol.0.78
0.011
0.37
0.12
1.0
0.20
0.080
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
19/03/2019Frozen spinachChinaShanghai Wellwin International Business & Trad Co Ltd (Shanghai China)E. coli93, 240, 93, 240, 93MPN/gImported Food Control Act section 3(2)
8/03/2019Frozen tilapiaTaiwanGallant Ocean International Inc. (7f30013)Flumequine
Oxolinicacid
0.005
0.005
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
25/03/2019Mouth freshener dilbahar mixIndiaUnique FragrancesAreca catechu (betel nut)Prohibited plant FSC 1.4.4
4/03/2019Dried long beansChinaChuanzhen Industry Co LtdThiamethoxam0.3mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
26/03/2019Wheaten flourTaiwanYi-Feng Food Co., Ltd.Vitamin CNot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
28/03/2019Frozen strawberriesChinaXiamen Sinocharm Co Ltd Room 407 998-1000 Anling Rd Huli DistrictProcymidone0.047mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
29/03/2019Mung dalMyanmarAys Mfg Co LtdCypermethrin
Chlorpyrifos
0.13
0.27
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
7/03/2019Sardines in Tomato saucePhilippinesChattrade Enterprise (Philippines)Colouring (E161g)Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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