AUSTRALIA: Thousands of outlets face food crackdown
Posted: May 24th, 2009 - 7:33pm
Every restaurant and cafe in NSW will receive a random health inspection in the next 12 months after Government health bosses were left reeling by the results of their latest food safety crackdown.
Health and safety inspectors have issued 160 fines in four weeks. The NSW Food Authority launched a "name and shame" website in July to try to improve hygiene standards. Department officials expected to uncover kitchen nightmares but did not envisage dishing out 1000 fines to 600 businesses in 10 months.
Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said 40,000 food service premises would be the subject of about 50,000 inspections a year.
"All food businesses in NSW are inspected according to their risk profile of low, medium or high," Mr Macdonald said. "This guides the frequency of inspections based on the risks associated with the food, how it's handled and the performance history of each business.
"In practice, each restaurant, cafe, retail food outlet and food service premises will be inspected at least once each year."
The name-and-shame list is updated on Tuesdays and has had more than 1.5million hits since it was put on the internet.
Last week additions included Sogy's Fine Indian Foods in Crows Nest, which was fined $330 for failing to stop rodents roaming in and out of the back of the shop.