Food fail – 12 Macarthur eateries receive penalty notices

More than 10 Macarthur eateries have been fined since July last year for failing to comply with food hygiene requirements.

Information on the Food Authority’s Register of Penalty Notices revealed 12 food providers were issued penalties for unhygienic practices in the last nine months.

One Mount Annan restaurant was by far the worst offender, receiving seven $440 fines from the Food Authority.

The offences committed by Five Stars Thaitanic included failing to keep fixtures, fittings and equipment appropriately clean, failing to maintain a clean premises, failing to take all measures to prevent and remove pests and failing to provide soap for hand-washing.

The restaurant had also received penalty notices for many of these offences in the past.

All seven fines were handed out on December 15 after an inspection by food safety officers.

Seven more eateries received $880 fines for various offences.

Mr Ho’s Chinese Restaurant in Mount Annan was fined in February for failing to maintain a clean premises.

Woolworths in Oran Park and Bakers Choice in Macquarie Fields were both sent penalty notices for selling food past its use-by date, in September and January respectively.

Juicy Goose in Smeaton Grange was fined in September for failing to take all measures to prevent and remove pests, while Juiced Life at Narellan Town Centre received a notice in November for failing to ensure all food contact surfaces and equipment were in a clean and sanitary condition.

McDonald’s in Narellan was named in March this year for failing to maintain clean fixtures, fittings and equipment despite previous warnings.

The final $880 fine was delivered to Spring Farm’s Bangkok Yum restaurant in September, for failing to minimise the time food is kept at a temperature which can cause the growth of ‘infectious or toxigenic microorganisms’.

Smaller fines were handed out to four more venues for less serious offences.

Sergio’s Cake Shop in Campbelltown was issued a $660 penalty for not keeping a copy of the food safety supervisor certificate on the premises despite previous warnings, Macquarie Fields Bakery was fined $440 for failing to take all measures to process only safe and suitable food, Rosemeadow’s Sunny Bakery had to pay $440 for failing to utilise a ‘process step’ which ensures the ‘microbiological safety’ of food, and Eagle Vale’s Gold Star Chinese Takeaway was fined $330 for failing to appoint a food safety supervisor.

Not one food provider in Wollondilly was issued a penalty notice for unhygienic practices in the same time period.