Failing Food Report – October 2019

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Department of Agriculture, October 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 annual 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 compliance is established.

Tables 1 and 2 detail 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.

Table 1 Microbiological/Allergen tests

Date of fail Product description Country of origin Producer name Reason for fail Result/s Units Reference
9/10/2019 Petit Agour cheese France Agour Sasu Listeria monocytogenes Detected /125g CHE 07/2018
11/10/2019 Cooked crawfish China Zhongyang Fishery (Shanghai) Standard plate count 120 000, 230 000,
90 000, 380 000, 280 000
/125g CRU 03/2019
21/10/2019 Frozen cooked prawns Vietnam Bac Lieu Fisheries Joint Stock Company Vibrio cholerae Detected /125g CRU 03/2019
30/10/2019 Cooked ark shell meat Republic of Korea Namdo Kkomak Co., Ltd E. coli 17, <2, 7, 8, 2 MPN/g MOL 04/2017
31/10/2019 Dry mizithra cheese Greece Metsovo-Vlahotirokomikh Tsoutsoplides (Greece) Listeria monocytogenes Detected /125g CHE 07/2018
31/10/2019 Frozen cooked prawns Thailand Top Product Food Co. Ltd Standard plate count 20 000, 5 200 000,
5 800 000, 2 000, 110 000
cfu/g CRU 03/2019

Table 2 Chemical/Contaminant/Composition/Toxin test results

Date of fail Product description Country of origin Producer name Reason for fail Result/s Units Reference
4/10/2019 Maldive fish chips Sri Lanka Leela Exports & Imports (Sri Lanka) Histamine 210 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
4/10/2019 Dried seaweed Japan Kurakon Foods Corporation Iodine 3900 mg/kg BSW 12/2016
8/10/2019 Fresh whole yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 309 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
8/10/2019 Fresh whole yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 218 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
2/10/2019 Spice coated peanuts India Raghuvanshi Exports Aflatoxin 0.03 mg/kg NUT 11/208
7/10/2019 Salted anchovies Philippines P.O.P Export Trading Histamine 1500 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
18/10/2019 Peanut and sesame paste China Jinhua Import & Export Trading Co Ltd Aflatoxin 0.013
product contains 50 per cent peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.0075
mg/kg NUT 11/208
21/10/2019 Fresh yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 473 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
21/10/2019 Fresh yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 564 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
21/10/2019 Fresh yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 253 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
21/10/2019 Fresh yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 276 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
21/10/2019 Fresh yellowfin tuna Maldives Cmf Fish Processing Factory Histamine 308 mg/kg HIS 12/2016
28/10/2019 Cracker nuts Philippines Yunik Import And Export Corp Aflatoxin 0.014
product contains 75 per cent peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.011
mg/kg NUT 11/208
17/10/2019 Dried herring Philippines Pearlfoods International Inc. Histamine 480 mg/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 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.

Table 3 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.

To increase the rate of testing, a legal instrument referred to as a ‘holding order’ is issued to refer food from a particular overseas producer for increased testing. The words ‘HO match’ indicate the fail was against an existing holding order. A new instrument is not issued for subsequent fails to an existing holding order.

Table 3 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
1/10/2019 Rice milk Republic of Korea Okf Corporation Composition Vitamin C Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 15391
3/10/2019 Honey acacia Serbia Med-Honey Doo Composition Evidence of blended or artificial honey 24 % FSC 2.8.2 15398
3/10/2019 Honey clover Serbia Med-Honey Doo Composition Evidence of blended or artificial honey 21 % FSC 2.8.2 15398
4/10/2019 Fresh sugar snap peas China Xiangyang Heli Agriculture Development Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Thiamethoxam 0.1 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15401
10/10/2019 Frozen pandan leaf Thailand O-Cha Food Pack Co., Ltd (Thailand) Fruit and vegetable residue screen Difenoconazole 0.054 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
30/09/2019 Dried jumbo peaches United States California Fruit Basket Fruit and vegetable residue screen Cyprodinil 0.09 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15407
2/10/2019 Fresh betel leaves India Fresh Jasmines Export And Import Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Triadimefon
Triadimenol
0.058
0.058
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15412
23/10/2019 Parval (pointed gourd) India Innovative Cuisine Fruit and vegetable residue screen Dimethoate 0.022 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15413
9/10/2019 Dried apricot fruit snack South Africa Pioneer Foods Fruit and vegetable residue screen Thiabendazole 0.031 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15414
11/10/2019 Whole dates China Cangzhou Ruifeng Date Product Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Carbendazim 0.07 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
15/10/2019 Spinach India Global Gourmet Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Chlorpyrifos 0.068 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15422
17/10/2019 Honey with white truffle Italy Poddi Tartufi Srl Composition Evidence of blended or artificial honey 12 % FSC 2.8.2 15429
17/10/2019 Fresh grapes United States Jasmine Vineyards Incorporated Fruit and vegetable residue screen Propargite 2.7 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15431    
17/10/2019 Fresh grapes United States Jasmine Vineyards Incorporated Fruit and vegetable residue screen Propargite 1.4 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15431
10/09/2019 Flavoured pan masala India Dharampal Premchand Ltd Composition Areca catechu (Betel nut) Prohibited plant n/a FSC 1.4.4 HO match
23/10/2019 Red dates China Zhanhua Kingman Food Co.Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Dichlorvos
Difenconazole
0.06
0.28
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
23/10/2019 Dried fern Republic of Korea Siworl F & D Composition Pteridium aquilinum Prohibited plant n/a FSC 1.4.4 15437
25/10/2019 Frozen raw soft shell crab Myanmar King Latyar Co Ltd Seafood antimicrobial tests Nitrofurans   0.0022 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15439
25/10/2019 Frozen raw soft shell crab Myanmar King Latyar Co Ltd Seafood antimicrobial tests Nitrofurans   0.0023 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15439
25/10/2019 Fresh betel leaves India Fresh Jasmines Export And Import Pvt Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Chlorpyrifos
Hexaconazole
Metalaxyl
0.043
0.12
0.41
mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 HO match
23/10/2019 Barbeque flavoured Corn chips Philippines Leslie Corporation Composition Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and Folic Acid Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.2 HO match
23/10/2019 Wheaten flour Taiwan Yi-Feng Food Co., Ltd. Composition Vitamin C Not permitted in this food n/a FSC 1.3.1 HO match
25/10/2019 Fresh garlic shoots China Shandong Sinofarm Food Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screen Thiabendazole 0.34 mg/kg FSC 1.4.2 15454
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Last reviewed: 5 December 2019
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