Failing Food Report – March 2020

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, March 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
3/03/2020 Kashmiri chilli powder India Brahmins Foods India (P) Ltd Salmonella Detected /125g SPI 06/2019
11/03/2020 Frozen boiled king crab legs Japan Yutaka Suisan Listeria monocytogenes Detected /125g CRU 03/2019
2/03/2020 Caffeine tablets United States Arnet Pharmaceuticals Caffeine 30.8 g/100g CAF 12/2019
16/03/2020 Powdered herring Ghana Gorgino Enterprise Histamine 292 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
17/03/2020 Curry paste Thailand D&G Food Supply Co Ltd Aflatoxin 0.244 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
27/03/2020 Peanut satay sauce Indonesia Pt Enak Jaya Makmur (Indonesia) Aflatoxin 0.041 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
30/03/2020 Formulated supplementary sports food United States Granite Supplements Caffeine 10 g/100g CAF 12/2019
30/03/2020 Formulated supplementary sports food United States Granite Supplements Caffeine 8.33 g/100g CAF 12/2019
30/03/2020 Peanut masala India Malabar Natural Foods Pvt Ltd Aflatoxin 0.022 mg/kg NUT 11/2018
30/03/2020 Peanut candy bar India Malabar Natural Foods Pvt Ltd Aflatoxin 0.012
(product contains 75% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.011)
mg/kg NUT 11/2018

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
2/03/2020 Dried elberta peaches halves South Africa Ceres Fruit Juices Pty Ltd (South Africa) Fruit and vegetable residue screen Thiabendazole 0.046 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15803
2/03/2020 Frozen dried longan Thailand Tanaya International Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Carbendazim 0.055 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
2/03/2020 Frozen dried longan Thailand Tanaya International Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Carbendazim 0.19 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
5/03/2020 Fresh naval oranges Egypt El Rawan Co For Import & Export Fruit and vegetable residue screen Cyhalothrin 0.071 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
4/03/2020 Pan masala India Dharampal Satyapal Ltd Composition Areca catechu Prohibited plant n/a FSC 1.4.4 15730
4/03/2020 Dried strawberries Iran Ratin Khosh Co Fruit and vegetable residue screen Carbendazim 0.12 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15731
6/03/2020 Dried longan meat Thailand Reanthong Agro Product Limited Partnership Fruit and vegetable residue screen Carbendazim 0.13 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15734
18/03/2020 Frozen green chillies India Arctic Agro Foods Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Cyhalothrin 0.02 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
18/03/2020 Frozen green chillies India Arctic Agro Foods Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Cyhalothrin
Tebuconazole
0.03
0.07
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
17/03/2020 Chana dhal Sri Lanka Colombo Commodities Fruit and vegetable residue screen Pirimiphos Methyl 0.16 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15759
27/02/2020 Cereal Japan Calbee, Inc. Composition Vitamin B12
Ferric Sodium Citrate
Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 15720
24/03/2020 Bhindi (baby okra) India Global Gourmet Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Monocrotophos 0.073
Not permitted in this food
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15768
24/03/2020 Instant coffee mix with collagen Thailand New Concept Product Co. Composition Vitamin C Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 15769
24/03/2020 Instant coffee mix with white kidney bean extract Thailand New Concept Product Co. Composition Vitamin B1, B2 and B6 Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 15769
24/03/2020 Frozen spinach India Global Gourmet Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Chlorpyrifos
Profenofos
0.67
0.034
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
25/03/2020 Frozen okra Egypt United Co. For Food Industry(Sae) Fruit and vegetable residue screen Chlorpyrifos 0.02 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
24/03/2020 Frozen surti papdi (whole indian  beans) India Global Gourmet Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Profenofos 0.047 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15773
25/03/2020 Seasoning Vietnam Thao Nhi Import Export Company Limited Composition Vitamin A Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 15777
30/03/2020 Dietary supplement United States Spectrum Labs Composition St John’s wort extract (Hypericum perforatum) Restricted plant n/a FSC 1.4.4 15784
30/03/2020 Frozen mixed fruit Canada Nature's Touch Frozen Foods Inc Fruit and vegetable residue screen Tau-fluvalinate 0.11
Not permitted in this food
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15793
30/03/2020 Sardines in tomato sauce with chilli Philippines Chattrade Enterprises Composition Additive E160b
(annatto)
Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 n/a*

* Risk food which failed a non-analytical test. Does not require a holding order.

Last reviewed: 11 May 2020
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