Restaurant fined for car park food prep

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 17th June 2010

A Canberra restaurant has been closed and its owner fined $1500 after it was discovered that food was being prepared in the car park behind the restaurant.

The owner of the Tak Kee Roast Inn, Kin Wah Wong, was convicted in the ACT Magistrates Court of three food safety offences relating to food preparation on dirty premises (including a dirty chopping block and rusty knife), and defrosting and food preparation in the car park without protection from contamination.

The court was told that the violations were discovered by a health inspector looking down from the balcony of the backpackers above the restaurant, to see restaurant employees defrosting meat and chopping vegetables below.

On inspection, the restaurant was found to have filthy conditions throughout, including rotting food and rubbish, dirty surfaces and improperly stored food, including a tub of meat on the floor and barbecued ducks hanging on the back of a door.