By Kate Sikora , The Daily Telegraph
Restaurants are doing the dirty on diners with at least 170 fines dished up to outlets that have failed the basic test of hygiene in the past 12 months. Among those penalised are ones which don’t have proper hand-washing facilities for workers handling food. Some have been found to not have running water at staff basins – while others have no soap.
The NSW Food Authority recently issued 18 fines to 11 outlets for failing to maintain adequate cleanliness and pest control, or having inadequate handwashing facilities. Its name-and-shame public register will be updated this week.
Examples of what food authority inspectors have found in kitchens of restaurants in and around Sydney, that has led to owners being fined and their names and addresses being posted on NSW Food Authority website for breaking state government’s health and hygiene laws
Of the new businesses to be added, Muffin Break at Gladesville, in Sydney‘s northwest, and Ruby’s Cafe and Takeaway at Pendle Hill, in the city’s west, were fined for not having sufficient hand-washing areas.
A Muffin Break manager yesterday said the store changed hands last week and a hand sanitiser had been ordered. “We have just taken over the store, so I think the notice was for the previous owner,” the woman, who did not wish to be named, said.
Red Rooster, Bungarribee Rd, Blacktown, has also been fined in the past year for not having washing facilities for its staff.
Each penalty notice carries a fine of $880 for a corporation and $440 for an individual.
Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson warned restaurants to clean up their act. “Consumers vote with their feet, so begin by washing your hands to ensure you don’t lose business,” she said.