Failing Food Report – September 2019

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Department of Agriculture, September 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 failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameReason for failResult/sUnitsReference
3/09/2019Extra hot chilli powderIndiaShah Exim Pvt Ltd SalmonellaDetected/125g SPI 06/2019
16/09/2019Frozen marinara mixChinaShandong Tongxing Foodstuffs Co Ltd E. coli<2.3, <2.3, 43.0, <2.3, <2.3MPN/g MSM 11/2018
16/09/2019Frozen whole cooked brandy crawfishChinaStandard Plate CountStandard plate count19000, 2100000, 22000, 26000, 27000cfu/g CRU 03/2019
2/09/2019CheeseItalyCasa Madaio Listeria monocytogenesDetected/125g CHE 07/2018

Table 2 Chemical/Contaminant/Composition/Toxin test results

Date of failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameReason for failResult/sUnitsReference
3/09/2019Seasoned seaweedJapanKurakon Foods CorporationIodine3400mg/kg BSW 12/2016
9/09/2019Sardines in tomato sauceChinaSunny Success International LtdHistamine280mg/kg HIS 12/2016
16/09/2019Spicy gram flour coated peanutsIndiaSunshine Food ProductsAflatoxin0.015
product contains 67 per cent peanut, therefore the calculated maximum level is 0.01
mg/kg NUT 11/2018
18/09/2019Satay sauceIndonesiaPt Enak Jaya MakmurAflatoxin0.025mg/kg NUT 11/2018
16/09/2019Dried thora fishSri LankaDamayanthi Ent & Exp (Sri Lanka)Histamine210mg/kg HIS 12/2016
29/08/2019Kelp powderChinaXi'an Pincredit Bio-Tech Co LtdIodine6660mg/kg BSW 12/2016
30/09/2019Peanut spreadPhilippinesUnilever Phils Composition
Vitamin B1, Vitamin acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3
Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2

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 failProduct descriptionCountry of originProducer nameTest applied Reason for failResult/sUnitsReferenceHolding order number
3/09/2019Steamed red bean grain bunChinaShanghai Light Industrial Products Imp& Exp Corp.Ltd CompositionVitamin CNot permitted in this food   FSC 1.3.215350    
19/09/2019 Flavoured pan masala IndiaDharampal Premchand Ltd Composition Areca catechu
(Betel nut)
Prohibited plant   FSC 1.4.415435
5/09/2019Dried hawChinaYongxiang Food Processing Plant Fruit and vegetable residue screenCarbendazim
Cyhalothrin
0.20
0.12
mg/kg FSC 1.4.215351      
11/09/2019CoffeeThailandNature Gift (Thailand) Ltd Dk Health Product Lyd Part CompositionNiacinamide,
Iron,
Manganese,
Calcium D-Pantothenate, Riboflavin,
Chromium
Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.215359
5/09/2019Ramen noodles pork brothJapanMarutai Co., Ltd CompositionAdditive 165 (Gardenia blue)Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.115360
6/09/2019Spinach leavesIndiaVadilal Industries Limited Fruit and vegetable residue screenChlorpyrifos0.09mg/kg FSC 1.4.2HO Match
5/09/2019Instant noodlesJapanToyo Suisan Kaisha Ltd CompositionAdditive 165 (Gardenia blue) Additive 180 (Lithol Rubine BK)Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.115367
5/09/2019Canned yellow peachesRepublic of KoreaPenguin General Food Co Ltd (Korea) LeadLead0.20mg/kg FSC 1.4.115368
13/09/2019Formulated supplementary sports foodUnited States4excelsior Pharma Spirit Composition Acacia rigidulaUnapproved novel food  FSC 1.5.115369
6/09/2019Taro flavoured powderTaiwanKing Heng Foods Co Ltd CompositionAdditive E 127 (Erythrosine)Not permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.115372    
23/09/2019Wheaten flourTaiwanYi-Feng Food Co., Ltd. CompositionVitamin CNot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.2HO Match
19/09/2019Dried Chinese datesChinaBozhou Haomen Chinese Herbal Medicine Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screenCypermethrin0.11mg/kg FSC 1.4.215384
26/09/2019Boiled brackenRepublic of KoreaSingwang Ecofarm Co Ltd Composition Pteridium aquilinumProhibited plant  FSC 1.4.4HO Match
27/09/2019Dried hawthorn fruitChinaGuang Dong Jiexi Maolin Food Co Ltd Fruit and vegetable residue screenCarbendazim, Tebuconazole0.65
0.12
mg/kg FSC 1.4.215390
17/09/2019High gluten flourTaiwanYi-Feng Food Co., Ltd. CompositionVitamin CNot permitted in this food FSC 1.3.2HO Match
12/09/2019Lemon juice NepalBs Nepal Trade Link Pvt Ltd CompositionVitamin ENot permitted in this food  FSC 1.3.215381
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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