Five restaurants Named and Shamed for food safety breaches

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 28th September 2010

The sushi bar in David Jones’ famous food hall is among five businesses added to the NSW Food Authority’s Name and Shame list, after it was found to have breached the Food Standards Code in relation to temperature control, Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan said on Sunday.

“The business failed to demonstrate that the temperature or any heating or cooling process in use will not adversely affect the microbiological safety of food and was fined $660,” Minister Whan said.

“Prawn and salmon sushi with cooked rice was found to be in the temperature range of 11.8C to 24.5C, the required temperature for retail display is 5C or less unless a business has in place a system to ensure product is displayed for no more than 4 hours without refrigeration.”

Other Name and Shame-ees include:

  • Koh-Ya Yakiniku Japanese Restaurant in Neutral Bay, fined $660 for storing raw meat on dirty wet towels directly above ready to eat food
  • Everest Tandoori at Kogarah, fined $660 after inspectors found a mobile phone lying on a chopping board that was in use
  • Balmain Trattoria and Pizzeria, fined $5940 for nine breaches of the Food Standards Code, including using food including bacon and Italian sausages past use-by date and preparing food in the basement
  • Money Bags Thai Restaurant in Baulkham Hills, fined $2640 for three breaches, including the preparation of raw prawns and noodles in the back courtyard in dirty, unprotected buckets.

“Whether you’re a multi national chain, a small town mum and dad operation or a fine dining establishment, you are expected to do the right thing when it comes to food handling and storage,” said Whan.

“This Government takes the health and safety of consumers very seriously and business can expect to be fined, named and shamed if they don’t do the right thing – no matter who they are.”

Minster Whan commended the hard work and diligence of local council who are responsible for food safety inspections of food retail premises.

“This is further evidence of the success of the Food Regulation Partnership between the NSW Food Authority and the 152 local councils across NSW.

“These councils show an ongoing commitment to ensuring food sold in their area is as safe as possible for their local community.”