Sydney South has been faced by some crazy food safety scandals in the past half year. Hailing from this end of town, I was shocked to find that my favourite shopping centre, Miranda Westfield, was going through some turbulent times. And they were all food related.
Nine eateries in Westfield, Miranda have been fined since last August. This is because they fail to comply with food hygiene requirements. Earlier this month, the biggest penalty was handed out to an eatery in the shopping centre.
Dainty Hospitality Group, which operates the Dainty Dumpling House café was slammed with a $15,000 penalty. The company was convicted of two offences of failing to comply with the food standards code on September 28, 2017. But they were not fixed by the next inspection.
The council alleged a number of cockroaches were found on the underside of the food preparation area. Also, the surface around the wash basin had deteriorated and was unable to be effectively cleaned. Dainty Dumpling House was convicted and fined $7000 plus $500 costs for each offence.
Dainty Dumpling House’s kitchen had equipment covered in accumulated grease. There were also no paper towels for staff to wash their hands, and uncovered food on shelves. It also received penalties for failing to fix a “deteriorating” hand-basin after a warning from the council, and for failing to fill gaps to prevent the “harbourage of pests.”
The Other Food Safety Scandals in Miranda
Other restaurants slapped by fines in Westfield, Miranda include:
- Bannos Brownies: Fail to maintain easily accessible hand washing facilities on the food premises—previous warning given
- Ken’s Bento: Fail to display potentially hazardous food under temperature control—previous warnings given.
- Lok Lok Dumpling Bar: Fail to take all practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests – previous warnings given.
- Luxe Kitchen Miranda: Fail to display potentially hazardous food under temperature control—previous warnings given
- Sourdough Bakery: Fail to maintain premises, fixtures, fittings, and equipment in a good state of repair and working order having regard to their use—previous warnings given.
- Sourdough Bakery: Fail to ensure the design and construction of the food premises is appropriate for the activities for which the premises are used—previous warnings given.
- Subway: Fail to maintain all fixtures, fittings and equipment to the required standard of cleanliness—previous warning given.
- The Foodie: Fail to store potentially hazardous food under temperature controlprevious warnings given.
- The Foodie: Fail to take all practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests and fail to take all practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests.
- The Shed Cafe: Fail to display potentially hazardous food under temperature control—previous warnings given.
If you own a food business, what can you do to prevent food safety scandals from occurring in your business? And if you are a consumer, has this changed the way you see a restaurant?
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