Failing Food Report – May 2018

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, May 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. 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
3/05/2018Cooked prawnsVietnamThong Thuan Cam Ranh Seafood Joint Stock CompanyStandard plate count500, 180000, 13000000, 500, 120000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
3/05/2018Crab meatIndonesiaPhillips Seafood (Indonesia)Standard plate count<1000, <1000, <1000, <1000, 1200000cfu/g CRU 05/2014
4/05/2018Black pepper powderSri LankaFreelan Enterprises Pvt Ltd SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014
10/05/2018Smoked hot paprikaSpainHijos De Salvador Lopez Sl SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 05/2014

Chemical / Contaminant / Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or AllergenResult/sUnitsStandard
9/05/2018Blanched peanut kernelsChinaQingdao Xuguang Foodstuffs Co. LtdAflatoxin0.021mg/kg NUT 10/2016
8/05/2018Fresh mackerelIndonesiaPt Iambeu Mina UtamaHistamine510mg/kg HIS 12/2016
27/04/2018Frozen tunaSri LankaApollo Marine International (Pvt) LtdHistamine340mg/kg HIS 12/2016
11/05/2018Spiced peanutsIndiaHaldiram Foods International Pvt LtdAflatoxin0.012mg/kg NUT 10/2016
17/05/2018Tapioca chipsIndiaNilamel ExportsHydrocyanic acid11mg/kg CAS 09/2016
21/05/2018PeanutsChinaNutty Delight IndustriesAflatoxin0.052mg/kg NUT 10/2016
16/05/2018Marinated anchoviesSpainConservas OrtizHistamine390mg/kg HIS 12/2016
31/05/2018Cassava chipsIndonesiaArira Pangindo (Bogor, Indonesia)Hydrocyanic acid23mg/kg CAS 09/2016
31/05/2018Dried salted mackerel VietnamSaigon Aquatic Products Trading Joint Stock Company Dl769Histamine210mg/kg HIS 12/2016
31/05/2018Dried spratsMyanmarMax World International Co LtdHistamine1100mg/kg HIS 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
1/05/2018Red dates pittedChinaMicson Food ProcessingCypermethrin0.05mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
2/05/2018Fermented bean curdChinaKaiping Guanghe Fermented Bean Curd Ltd Bacillus cereus1600, 7500, 7500, <100, 2500mg/kg Imported Food Control Act 3(2)
10/05/2018Garlic shootsChinaJinxiang Hongyu Freezing & Storage Co LtdIprodione0.85mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
10/05/2018Fenugreek leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos
Profenofos
0.016
0.145
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
11/05/2018Fenugreek leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedProfenofos0.29mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
15/05/2018Fresh enoki mushroomsRepublic of KoreaInnogreen MushroomAcephate0.057mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
17/05/2018Fresh onion flowersChinaGuangzhou Lu Ken Produce LtdCyhalothrin0.12mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
17/05/2018Frozen small red chilliVietnamNam Hai Company LtdDifenoconazole0.060mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
17/05/2018Preserved plumsChinaGuangdong Zhongshan Guzhen Lihua Farming Byproduct FactoryLead0.38mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
17/05/2018Preserved orange peelChinaGuangdong Zhongshan Guzhen Lihua Farming Byproduct FactoryLead0.79mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
25/05/2018Baby cornThailandSiam Fresh Enterprise Co Ltd E. coli43, 1100, >1100, 240, 43MPN/g Imported Food Control Act 3(2)
25/05/2018Betel nut sachetsPakistanYousaf EnterprisesAreca catechu (betel nut)Prohibited plant  FSC 1.4.4
23/05/2018Tea eggs spiceTaiwanTomax Enterprise Co Ltd (Taiwan)IrradiationNot a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.2.1/1.5.3
23/05/2018Red jujube (Chinese red dates)ChinaChengdu Qilihong Food Co. Ltd.Cyhalothrin
Myclobutanil
0.06
0.41
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
29/05/2018Frozen fishThailandNew Lamthong Foods Industries Co LtdHistamine280mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
17/05/2018ChutneySouth AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited)Irradiated onionNot a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.2.1/1.5.3
17/05/2018Fermented bean curdChinaBeijing Ershang Wangzhihe Food Co Ltd Bacillus cereus>1800, >4500, >4500, >4500, >900cfu/g Imported Food Control Act 3(2)
30/05/2018Energy drinkUnited Kingdom Sos Wholesales LtdCaffeineNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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