Failing Food Report – November 2018

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, November 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 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
2/11/2018Halva cocoaTurkeyMerter Helva San Ve Tic As SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
2/11/2018TahiniSyriaAl Assala Foodstuffs SalmonellaDetected/125g SES 05/2014
29/11/2018Chilli powderIndiaFudkor India Pvt Ltd SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 07/2018
29/11/2018Sliced salmonDenmarkPrime Ocean A/S Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g FSH 07/2018

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
1/11/2018Dried anchoviesPhilippines Kaelen Phils IncHistamine780mg/kg HIS 12/2016
14/11/2018Flavoured nuts (contains peanuts)PhilippinesFood Industries Incorporated (Phillipines)Aflatoxin0.052mg/kg NUT 11/2018
14/11/2018Flavoured nuts (contains peanuts)PhilippinesFood Industries Incorporated (Phillipines)Aflatoxin0.091mg/kg NUT 11/2018
14/11/2018Salted anchoviesPhilippinesGreen Harvest Food ProductsHistamine250mg/kg HIS 12/2016
27/11/2018Preserved peanuts in soy sauceTaiwanSchoalr Enterprises Co., Ltd 
Aflatoxin
0.014
Product contains 55% peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.00825
mg/kg NUT 11/2018
27/11/2017TunaSpainSalazones Garre SlHistamine260mg/kg HIS 12/2016
29/11/2018PeanutsPhilippinesGfi Enterprises Inc (Philippines)Aflatoxin0.053mg/kg NUT 11/2018
28/11/2018Dried herringPhilippinesKaelen Phils IncHistamine490mg/kg HIS 12/2016
29/11/2018PeanutsPhilippinesGrowers Food Industries Inc (Philippines)Aflatoxin0.077mg/kg NUT 11/2018

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
1/11/2018Dried salted figsMalaysiaHijau Abadi Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)Lead0.57mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
5/11/2018Frozen spinachChinaShanghai Jx International Trading Co LtdCarbendazim0.072mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
5/11/2018Frozen fenugreek leavesIndiaVadilal Industries LimitedChlorpyrifos0.032mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
8/11/2018Barramundi TaiwanUnion Development Frozen Foods Co Ltd (Kaohsiung Taiwan) Flumequine0.0027mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
8/11/2018Pickled vegetablesJapanMiyamae Co. Ltd.Additive Rose Bengal (colouring)Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
8/11/2018NoodlesJapanHyogoken Tenobe Somen CoAdditive Gardenia blue (colouring)Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
13/11/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa)Irradiated maize flourIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.5.3
13/11/2018ChutneySouth AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited)Irradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.5.3
14/11/2018Dried lemonTaiwanYee Lung Co LtdLead0.31mg/kg FSC 1.4.1
21/09/2018Pickled vegetablesSouth AfricaPacko (Verulam South Africa)Irradiated chilli and mustardIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.5.3
21/09/2018Curry pasteSouth AfricaPacko (Verulam South Africa)Irradiated chilli and mustardIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food  FSC 1.5.3
20/11/2018Chopped spinachIndiaFinns Frozen Foods (India) LimitedDimethoate
Profenofos
0.025
0.08
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
26/11/2018Rosella leavesFijiReddy's ExportDeltamethrin0.14mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
22/11/2018Boneless porkUnited StatesFrozen Assests Cold Storage (M32006-P32006)Enrofloxacin0.003mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
21/11/2018Dehydrated bitter gourdSri LankaSynergy Lanka Trading Company A.ICarbendazim0.91mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
19/11/2018Mango and carrot juiceUnited KingdomEnco Products LimitedVitamin ENot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2
26/11/2018StrawberriesChinaFour Seasons Foods Co LtdProcymidone0.045mg/kg FSC 1.4.2
27/11/2018ConfectioneryChinaShenzhen Amos Sweets & Foods Co., Ltd.Additive - spirulina concentrate (natural colour)Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.1
31/11/2018Barramundi filletsTaiwanLiang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company LimitedCarbon monoxide0.59mg/kg FSC 1.3.3
30/11/2018Frozen blue fin tunaMaltaOrthia Foods Co LtdCarbon Monoxide0.67mg/kg FSC 1.3.3
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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