Failing Food Report – May 2019

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Department of Agriculture, May 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 food tests (targeted monitoring of food for compliance to safety standards)

The Department of Agriculture (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.

The following table details where noncompliant food was detected.

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. 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 analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
7/05/2019Desiccated coconutPhilippinesPeter Paul Coconut Water CorporationSalmonellaDetected/250gDC 05/2014
9/05/2019Spicy caciocavallo cheeseItalyMediolat SrlListeria monocytogenesDetected/125gCHE 07/2018
13/05/2019Sesame pasteTurkeyKoskaSalmonellaDetected/125gSES 05/2014
28/05/2019Halva pistachioTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic AsSalmonellaDetected/125gSES 05/2014
23/05/2019Sesame pasteChinaHebei Renqu Liufu Food Pty LtdSalmonellaDetected/125gSES 05/2014
30/05/2019Halawa barEgyptEl Rashidi Elbaghbaghan (Egypt)SalmonellaDetected/125gSES 05/2014

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
22/05/2019Anchovy filletsMyanmarAusi Myanmar Company LimitedHistamine250mg/kgHIS 12/2016
23/05/2019Peanut satay seasoningIndonesiaPd Setia Makmur MandiriAflatoxin0.067mg/kgNUT 11/2018
27/05/2019Fried sardines with salted black beansChinaZhangzhou Gangchang Industry & Trade Co LtdHistamine328mg/kgHIS 12/2016
28/05/2019Maldive fish chipsSri LankaDundy Trading CompanyHistamine320mg/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 food and are therefore subject to change.

More information on surveillance food and the tests applied can be found on the Tests applied to surveillance food webpage.

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.

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameTest applied Reason for failResult/sUnitsReference
1/05/2019Fresh mangosteenThailandGreenroof Design Co LtdFruit and vegetable residue screenCarbendazim0.092mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
1/05/2019Shitake mushroomsTaiwanWan Shen Science And Technology Agriculture Co LtdFruit and vegetable residue screenChlorpyrifos0.022mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
3/05/2019Premium datesSaudi ArabiaManafez InternationalFruit and vegetable residue screenCypermethrin0.17mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
8/05/2019Green chilliIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedFruit and vegetable residue screenTebuconazole0.059mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
10/05/2019Betel nutMyanmarH-Htet Company LtdCompositionAreca catechu
(Betel nut)
Prohibited plant FSC 1.4.4
9/05/2019MangosteenThailandPtn Exotic Produce Co LtdFruit and vegetable residue screenChlorpyrifos0.026mg/kgFSC 1.4.2

 

 

13/02/2019Frozen barramundi filletsTaiwanFertility International Co Ltd (Taiwan)Carbon monoxideCarbon monoxide0.60mg/kgFSC 1.3.3
16/05/2019Soft drinkTaiwanVitali Beverage Industrial CorpCompositionVitamin C, B1, B2, B6Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
17/05/2019BarramundiIndonesiaUd DamenaSeafood antimicrobial testMalachite green0.15mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
20/05/2019Chilled baby cornThailandSiam Fresh Enterprise Co LtdE. coli - fresh vegetables: baby corn, sweet/sugar snap pears, chilliesE. coli23, <3, 20, <3, <3cfu/gImported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
20/05/2019Pre–cooked cerealSri LankaCeylon Biscuits Ltd (Sri Lanka)CompositionVitamin B12Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
17/05/2019Spice pouch for egg cupTaiwanTomax Enterprise Co Ltd (Taiwan)CompositionIrradiatedNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
16/05/2019CandySouth AfricaMister Sweet Pty LtdCompositionAdditive E127Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1
23/05/2019Indian flat beansIndiaInnovative CuisineFruit and vegetable residue screenCypermethrin0.08mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
21/05/2019Formulated caffeinated beverageUnited StatesNutraCap LabsCompositionJunglans regia (English walnut leaf extract)English walnut leaf extract is considered to pose a risk to human health Imported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
21/05/2019Bean curdChinaBeijing Ershang Wangzhihe Food Co LtdBacillus cereus - tofu, soy bean curd, soy milk curdBacillus cereus>15000, >15000, >15000, >15000, >15000cfu/gImported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
23/05/2019Chopped spinachIndiaFinns Frozen Foods (India) LimitedFruit and vegetable residue screenDimethoate0.086mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
24/05/2019Chocolate brownieColombiaProductos Ramo S.A.CompositionVitamin CNot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
24/05/2019Pollack roeJapanKaisen Co LtdCompositionAdditive E127 (Erythrosine)Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1
29/05/2019Bean curdChinaBeijing Ershang Wangzhihe Food Co LtdBacillus cereus - tofu, soy bean curd, soy milk curdBacillus cereus100, 1800, 4800, 5000, 300cfu/gImported Food Control Act section 3(2)(ii)
28/05/2019Pineapple juicePhilippinesDel Monte Philippines Inc (Philippines)CompositionVitamin ENot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
31/05/2019Frozen dried mud fishThailandO-Cha Food Pack Co., Ltd (Thailand)Seafood antimicrobial tests - Malachite green, Fluoroquinolones, QuinolonesCiprofloxacin
Enrofloxacin
Levofloxocin
Ofloxacin
0.19
0.081
0.051
0.051
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
31/05/2019White catfish cutletsVietnamDai Thanh SeafoodsSeafood antimicrobial tests - Malachite green, Fluoroquinolones, QuinolonesEnrofloxacin
Levofloxocin
Ofloxacin
0.0056
0.002
0.002
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
1/05/2019 Roasted peanuts ChinaJiangmen City Xinhui Dayou Jiangyuan Food Co Ltd CompositionAdditive E952 (Cyclamates)

Additive E954 (Saccharin)
Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1
29/05/2019Betel nutMyanmarShwe Hinthar Yeik Mon Co Ltd CompositionAreca catechu
(Betel nut)
Prohibited plant FSC 1.4.4
8/05/2019Chilli powderTaiwanTomax Enterprise Co Ltd (Taiwan)CompositionIrradiated chilli pepperNot a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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