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Artarmon eateries on shame list



Last year, the NSW Food Authority issued eight penalty notices and on the spot fines to Artarmon food outlets for failing to comply with the food standard code for food safety.

According to the newly released “name and shame” list on www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/penalty-notices, the worst offender was Café Sunyata at 5 Wilkes Ave, which has since closed. It received four notices in April 2012 after previous warnings and had to pay $1,700 in on the spot fines for failing to keep premises clean, not keeping proper hand-washing facilities and cockroach infestation.

The new team at Salvage Specialty Coffee (see February Gazette, Page 1) has since scrubbed down, fumigated and renovated the premises.

One of the Salvage trio, Dan Yee, told the Gazette he was not surprised the previous operator was on the list. “This place was in a dreadful state when we took over,” he said. “We had to scrub down the walls to get rid of all the grease.” He said Salvage did very little cooking – mostly food preparation. He knew the food inspector for Artarmon was “very strict” but was confident the new café would pass inspection the following week.

In September, Artarmon Gourmet Chicken and Salad at 108 Hampden Rd, was issued a penalty notice and $880 on the spot fine after previous warnings for failing to display potentially hazardous food under temperature control. In June, La Stazione Pizzeria, was hit with two notices and $1,760 in fines after previous warnings for failing to keep premises and equipment clean “to the required standard” and in October, Bakers Delight, received a notice and $880 fine after previous warnings for “cockroach activity”.

On the positive side, since then, they have all stayed off the list and no notices have been issued to any Artarmon food outlets, including at the last inspection on April 16.

Willoughby City Council topped the “name and shame” list after City of Sydney Council, mainly because of Chatswood food outlets that were issued with 90 notices out of 126 for the whole local government area. Many outlets received multiple notices. The worst offender was Mediterranean Grill at Chatswood Chase which received 9 notices, two after previous warnings for unsafe food storage but seven for defying a prohibition order not to serve customers, costing it $12,590 in on the spot fines.

In all 1,634 penalty notices were listed in the register. The NSW Food Authority states payment of a penalty notice is not to be regarded as an admission of liability and operators listed in the register can apply to add, correct or remove information if a business has been sold or disposed of after an alleged offence, or a correction needs to be made.

by Eva Wiland, Gazette editor

Courtesy of Gazette May 2013
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Wilkes Plaza
Salvage Specialty Coffee ... salvaged
Photo: MuzInk

 
 


 

 

 

 
   
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