Cockroach in bread the latest addition to name and shame list

Posted by James Ferre on 5th May 2009

A Ballina bakery that sold a cockroach in a loaf of bread is the one of 23 premises to appear on the NSW Government’s name and shame list this week, Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said today.

“This latest example of a cockroach found in a loaf of bread is just another reason why the Government is providing consumers with as much information as possible, so they can make informed decisions about where to eat,” he explained. “There is no excuse for cockroaches to be anywhere near food – and consumers deserve better.”

“The name and shame website now lists 547 premises and a total of 922 fines,” Minister Macdonald added. “The site is on track to register a thousand infringements in its first year, as was predicted based on annual Food Authority statistics.”

The 23 new penalties which appear on the website this week include:

* Zhen Zhen Van Loi Hot Bread bakery in Ballina fined $550 for selling a loaf of bread with a cockroach in it.
* A Coles supermarket in Breese Parade, Forster received two fines worth $1,320 for selling barbecue chicken and a meat pie after their “use-by” dates.
* Good Luck Butchery in Burwood Road, Burwood received four fines totalling $2,640 for hygiene-related offences and for selling pork mince laced with sulphur dioxide, a banned preservative that disguises the appearance of meat and could cause allergic reaction.
* Hokka Hokka noodle bar in Chatswood received two fines of $330 each for hygiene problems. The shop is one of a chain of Sydney stores that have collectively received ten fines in 5 premises in a year.

“The website now allows people to search by trading name, suburb, postcode, date and even type of violation,” Mr Macdonald advised.

With over 1.5 million hits the government suggests it has been well received and highlighted that the majority of businesses were committed to the right practices.

“Let’s remember that the vast majority of food businesses in NSW do the right thing, and deliver exceptional fresh food to consumers,” Minister Macdonald said.