Filthy NSW bakery cops $60k fine

Posted by Editorial on 9th September 2009

Operators of a vermin-infested Marrickville bakery who ignored a trading ban by Food Authority inspectors have been ordered to pay $60,000 in fines and costs, NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said this week.The Tuckerbag Bakery pleaded guilty to 11 food law offences, including having filthy premises, vermin infestation and breaching a prohibition order.

“This is a serious case where a food outlet was in such a disgraceful condition that the Food Authority shut it down, but the owner flouted the order,” Mr Macdonald explained.

In May, the Chief Industrial Magistrate imposed a $73,000 fine, but on appeal to the District Court the fine was reduced to $45,000 plus $15,000 costs against the defendant.

Chief Industrial Magistrate Gregory Hart described the case as “a particularly grievous offence” as the bakery “remained in a filthy and unhygienic condition, infested with rats with large quantities of rat excrement visible…and the stench of rat urine obvious…”

It showed “a reprehensible attitude to public health,” the Magistrate added.

Minister Macdonald said acting on complaints from the public, Food Authority inspectors visited the wholesale bakery in July 2007 to find rodent infestation and faeces, filthy walls and equipment and food stored in unhygienic condition.

Authority inspectors immediately closed the bakery down, but the owners continued trading.