HACCP eNews MAR14 – SAL & food equipment, outbreaks, prosecutions, fails & recalls.


IS IT CLEAN?   – Salmonella isolated from Food Processing Equipment in Australia 2012


feedmill equipment/environment (75) S. Anatum (26), S. Senftenberg (20), S. Zanzibar (11),

  1. Mbandaka (4), S. Tennessee (4); others (10)

egg processing equipment/environment (13) S. Singapore (3), S. Typhimurium (3),

  1. Havana (2), S. Chester, S. Cubana, S. Infantis, S. Mbandaka and S. Ohio

tree nut processing factory dust (10) S.II Wandsbek (4), S. Give (2), S. Adelaide, S. Charity,

  1. Chester, S. Potsdam

kitchen swabs (equipment and surfaces) (9) S. Typhimurium PT135a (5), PT108/170 (3), S. Bareilly

pet food manufacturing environment (3) S. Orion (2), S. Infantis

cereal processing equipment (1) S. Schwarzengrund

meat processing equipment (1) S. Singapore

From:  National Enteric Pathogens Surveillance Scheme (NEPSS) Non-Human Annual Report 2012

Editor Joan Powling, Director Geoff Hogg (MDU PHL).


50 ill after salmonella outbreak at Torquay cafe

February 13, 2014

– Bottle of Milk will remain closed while further testing of food and equipment is carried out

– at least five people have been admitted to hospital.


Sizzler help investigation into suspected gastro outbreak

Chris Owen | 21st Feb 2014 5:00 AM

– Sizzler restaurant in Booval being investigated after multiple reports of gastro.

– lab tests using samples from customers and staff were under way to establish the cause.

– Sizzler contacted Queensland Health as a precautionary measure.

– Sizzler stated “The details provided by the guests to us indicate the likely cause of the illness is viral.”



Uni piggery suspends supply of pigs to Australian market while it investigates possible rat poison contamination

– UQ’s Gatton piggery suspended pigs to market while it investigates possible rat poison contamination.

– Tests found traces of coumatetralyl, the active ingredient in rat poison.

– UQ working with Safe Food Queensland and the Queensland Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Department on further testing and analysis.

– QHealth said there is no recall as risk to humans of eating pork from the piggery was negligible.



$104,000 fine; Imperial Peking Chinese restaurant fined for food hygiene breaches

12 Feb 2014

– Adelaide Chinese restaurant fined heavily

– closed for eight days in December 2012 after repeated warnings over hygiene concerns

– health authorities visited 12 times between 2006 and 2013 and served warning notices on each occasion.

– cockroaches and rodent droppings were found in the kitchen and food was not stored safely.

– Raw poultry was stored on top of cooked food and some goods not in refrigeration

– failures included insufficient hygiene training of staff.

– ‘Gas leak’ sign put up when hygiene was behind closure

– He fined the company, its cook manager, and one of its directors, a total of $104,000 plus costs.

Loukas Founten


$20,000 fine: Gold Coast eatery roach-riddled kitchen 

– The Sai Tandoori Indian had history of non-compliance

– live and dead cockroaches floor, storage areas and above the stovetop

– inspectors shifted the deep freezer unit they found a nest of cockroach eggs and numerous live cockroaches.

– food waste, grime, grease and dust encrusted on cooking equipment and on the handwashing station, and human hair in the cutlery storage area.

– restaurant has since been given a clean bill of health.

– “The good news is that after a reinspection on February 13, he has now achieved compliance,” he said.

– The maximum penalty for breaching the Act is a $50,000 fine but leniency sought, saying he and his wife struggled to pay the monthly $3666 rent.

– In an impassioned letter to the court, he apologised and promised to lift standards.

– ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, $1500 in professional costs and $83.90 in court costs.

– allowed owner to pay off the fine in $50 weekly ­instalments.

Leah Fineran  • Gold Coast Bulletin  •  February 15, 2014 8:47AM


$14,000 fine; Australian noodle bar fined for ‘putrid’ conditions

– cockroach-infested noodle bar operating in Tuggeranong Hyperdome fined $14,000 for potentially dangerous food safety breaches.

– “putrid”, volumes of cockroaches, alive and dead, dirt, grime, food debris, inadequate washing facilities

– no action had been taken to control pests

– shut down temporarily; taken to court

– owner has since completed a $100,000 renovation, which now made it fully compliant with food safety laws.

Posted by Doug Powell on 01/29/2014 from Barfblog


Imported Failing Food Report – January 2014

Aus. Dept. of Agriculture.

16 Microbiology Fails

These foods were not distributed for sale in Aus.

Destroyed or re-exported to the country of origin.

Future foods targeted at 100% until compliance established.

POL – Sliced smoked salmon – Listeria (x3)

POL – Norwegian salmon – Listeria

NOR – Hot smoked salmon – Listeria (x2)

UK – Perl Las cheese – E. coli (x3)

ITA – Taleggio DOP cheese – E. coli

ITA – Ricotta salata cheese – Listeria

SRI – Chilli powder – Salmonella

VIE – Cooked crab meat Vietnam – SPC

LIB – Plain halawa (sesame seed) – Salmonella

IND – Desiccated coconut -Salmonella

FRA – Bercbois cheese – E.coli

From www.daff.gov.au

FSANZ Consumer Level Recalls

20JAN2014 – 11MAR2014

Whitestone Windsor Blue Cheese  – Whitestone Cheese (NZ)  -Listeria

Organic Sprouts Salad  – Energetic Greens – Salmonella

Scenic Rim 4REAL milk – Scenic Rim 4REAL Milk – E.coli

KV Dairy and Grand Foods Cheese and Butter Products – Grand Foods Pty Ltd  – Listeria

Berri Prima Tropicool Twirler Fruit Drink  – Lion Dairy and Drinks  – suspected spoilage bacteria

Coles Beef Burgers – Coles Supermarkets Ltd  – gluten

Maleny dairies milk – Maleny Dairies  – E.coli

Woolworths Select Flavoured Cashews  – Woolworths Ltd – peanut

Green Time Natural Coconut Drink – Narkena Pty Ltd – milk

Mrs Macs Microwave Pies  – Mrs Macs Pty Ltd – Packaging fault

KV Dairy Tulum Cheese – Grand Foods Pty Ltd – Listeria

From www.foodstandards.gov.au