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Top Stories – Open House News Magazine http://openhousemagazine.net Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:28:06 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 http://openhousemagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-favicon-1-32x32.png Top Stories – Open House News Magazine http://openhousemagazine.net 32 32 Poor food safety in the spotlight with NSW ‘name and shame’ register http://openhousemagazine.net/poor-food-safety-in-the-spotlight-with-nsw-name-and-shame-register/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:48:41 +0000 http://openhousemagazine.net/?p=10930 ‘Name and Shame’ register saw 22 businesses breach food safety laws in the past month

Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Parramatta councils were home to the greatest number of breaches across a combination of bakeries, seafood stores and restaurants.

Cockroaches, rats and mice the most common pests in commercial kitchens.

Now in its ninth year, the NSW Food Authority “Name and Shame” register saw food safety law breaches in the past month at 22 businesses, with  a combined 35 food safety offences in the three council areas.

A further 54 businesses were the subject of 82 offences in council areas including Mosman, Liverpool, Fairfield, Central Coast and Willoughby.

It wasn’t just small independent operators caught out, with big names including Domino’s Pizza (Mosman), Bakers Delight (Artarmon), and Gloria Jeans (Strathfield) on the list.

Lack of cleaning procedures a common problem for foodservice operators on the list.

Dr Lisa Szabo, CEO of the NSW Food Authority, said food businesses were “obliged to keep their premises clean and properly maintained and ensure their food is safe and suitable for human consumption and comply with the standards in the NSW Food Act”.

Cleanliness of food premises (21 per cent) topped the list of the most common food safety breaches in the past financial year followed by storage and temperature control (16 per cent), pest control (13 per cent), hygiene of food handlers (13 per cent) and cleanliness of fixtures, fittings and equipment (12 per cent).

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