Failing Food Report – October 2018

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, October 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
4/10/2018Gorgonzola cheeseItalyGennaro Auricchio (It 03 194 Ce)Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125gCHE 07/2018
8/10/2018Chilli powderIndiaNishant Export (India)SalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 07/2018
8/10/2018Gorgonzola cheeseItalyCiresa Snc (Italy) I-03/165/Cee (Lecco)Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125gCHE 07/2018
15/10/2018Chilli powderIndiaBrahmins Food India Pvt Ltd (India)SalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 07/2018
17/10/2018Chilli powderIndiaBrahmins Food India Pvt Ltd (India)SalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 07/2018
15/10/2018Frozen cooked prawnsVietnamCamau Seafood Processing & Service Joint Stock Corporation (Cases) Kien (Dl51)Vibrio choleraeDetected/125gCRU 05/2014
26/10/2018TahiniEgyptEl-Raee CompanySalmonellaDetected/125gSES 05/2014
23/10/2018Cooked crab clawIndonesiaRainbow-Osg Foods Co LtdStandard plate count~200, 5300000, <100, ~400, ~200cfu/gCRU 05/2014
23/10/2018Chilli powderIndiaBrahmins Food India Pvt Ltd (India)SalmonellaDetected/125gSPI 07/2018

Chemical/Contaminant/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameOrganism or analyteResult/sUnitsStandard
1/10/2018PeanutsPhilippinesGfi Enterprises Inc (Philippines)Aflatoxin0.025mg/kgNUT 10/2016
5/10/2018Garlic flavour peanutsPhilippinesGfi Enterprises Inc (Philippines)Aflatoxin0.032mg/kgNUT 10/2016
8/10/2018Pistachio nut kernelsChinaSun Wing Nuts & Food Co. Ltd.Aflatoxin0.17mg/kgNUT 10/2016
11/10/2018Dried keermin fishSri LankaD & R Exports Pvt LtdHistamine650mg/kgHIS 12/2016
31/10/2018Dried sprats anchoviesVietnamSoutheast Asia Aquatic Product Import & Export Co LtdHistamine210mg/kgNUT 10/2016
31/10/2018Chocolate with peanutsPhilippinesAnnies Sweet Manufacturing & Packaging CorporationAflatoxin0.13
mg/kgNUT 10/2016

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
4/10/2018Blackberry pulpColombiaFrutisimaCarbendazim0.28mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
5/10/2018Green chilliesIndiaInnovative CuisineCyhalothrin
Propiconazole
0.175
0.352
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
15/10/2018Cherry tomatoesChinaGieni Industry (Hk) Co., LimitedProcymidone0.03mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
9/10/2018Salad dressingSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated garlic, onion and chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018ChutneySouth AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited)Irradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018ChutneySouth AfricaTiger Food Brands Ltd (Incorporating Tiger Consumer Brands Limited)Irradiated onionIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated maize flour and chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SauceSouth AfricaJimmy SaucesIrradiated garlic and onionIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated maize flourIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated maize flourIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated maize flourIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnileverIrradiated chilliesIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
9/10/2018CerealSouth AfricaNestle (South Africa)Vitamin B12
Vitamin B5
Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
9/10/2018CerealSouth AfricaFuture LifeChromium
Potassium iodide
Selenium
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B7
Vitamin B12
Vitamin K
Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1 FSC 1.3.2
9/10/2018ChocolateSouth AfricaFuture LifeChromium
Potassium iodide
Selenium
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B7
Vitamin B12
Vitamin K
Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1 FSC 1.3.2
9/10/2018Instant porridgeSouth AfricaBokomo Foods Division Of Pioneer Foods Pty LtdTricalcium Phosphate
Potassium iodide
Sodium selenite
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B7
Vitamin B12
Vitamin K
Not permitted in this food FSC 1.3.1 FSC 1.3.2
17/10/2018Dried red datesChinaXinzheng Xinxing Dates Co LtdDifenoconazole0.06mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
16/10/2018Maize mealNamibiaNamib Mills Pty LtdVitamin ANot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2
22/10/2018Fresh baby cornThailandSwift Co LtdE. coli9, <3, <3, <3, 150MPN/gImported Food Control Act 3(2)
31/10/2018Frozen tilapiaTaiwanGallant Ocean International Inc (7f30013)Flumequine
Oxolinic acid
0.052
0.054
mg/kgFSC 1.4.2
10/10/2018SeasoningSouth AfricaUnilever Bestfoods Robertsons (South Africa)Irradiated chillies, wheat flour, garlicIrradiated - not a permitted treatment for this food FSC 1.5.3
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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