What Caused A Bakery In Canberra To Be Fined?

A bakery in Canberra has copped a heavy fine from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Court. This was in response to a damning report from health officials after a routine food safety inspection. The check was done in May 2017.

Oriental Hot Bake, a bakery located in the suburb of Hawker, had a $19,000 fine imposed after health officials uncovered a series of food safety breaches. The breaches were so bad that health officials also placed a closure notice.

What food breaches were made by the bakery?

The owner was found guilty for 5 breaches of food standards:

  • The presence of both live and dead cockroaches in food preparation areas

  • Food being stored uncovered on the floor of the cool room

  • The presence of food waste on the floor, on appliances, and on the wok burner

  • The unsanitary condition of equipment used to transport cooked per meat

  • The absence of soap for hand washing purposes

Since then, the bakery has re-opened after the court heard that all subsequent inspections have been passed.

If you do not want your food business to fall under the same fate, check out our post on techniques to help pass food inspections here.

Is your food business ready for a surprise food inspection? What food safety practices do you need to change up if you are not up to scratch?

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