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Angelo Petridis on cafe closures

By johnboy 20 March 2012 25

This came through the contact form last night and we through was worth putting out there:

OK my place was closed last fri with no warning by mr Dr Dugdale chief health officer, who said “these are common issues in commercial kitchens.Its nothing out of the ordinary,these are common problems….and the cafe s would open in due course.” then goes on to say in other interviews that they were closed as a precaution to serious public health threats.

Well we’ve passed 10 salmonella swab tests and made good their requests for replacing some worn bench tops and tiles,and some general cleaning.

If they keep attacking decent popular high profile local establishments to make an example, at the expense of people’s jobs and reps without a critical health concern at hand is just wrong and only adds as a deterrent for those contemplating getting into this industry.

Angelo Petridis

proprietor My Cafe Manuka

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chris910 6:48 pm 29 May 12

I am really surprised that it took this long for the Department of Health to check on this cafe.
Oh the stories I can spill on this cafe. Dr. Dugdale, have you checked the cold room in the other building? If you thought the cafe was not up to standard, you will be shocked when you see the cold room. Also, please insist that all the staff go on the books. That cafe has such a huge turnover of staff because so many are treated without respect.

EvanJames 2:14 pm 21 Mar 12

GardeningGirl said :

I imagine it’s easier to achieve in newer premises

Especially if the owner and staff are cleaning constantly! Every damn day, right through the day. Makes me tired to watch them.

It’s actually a bit pathetic that some businesses, like the Majura one, are so determined to do it right, while so many businesses are downright disgusting about it. It’s nice to see the authorities finally doing something definite about it, but what were they doing before this?

GardeningGirl 1:30 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

Reading about dirty food outlets is quite depressing, and seeing them even more-so. Especially when you know of places that are so clean, you could eat off the surfaces. The cafe at the Majura Park offices is a case in point. That place is spotless. The cleaning and hygiene rules are followed to the letter, and the kitchen is borderline sterile. If some can do it, they all can do it.

I imagine it’s easier to achieve in newer premises but I agree if some can they all can. For older premises surely it’s better to choose a slower time for business and close up for a few days and replace those “worn bench tops and tiles” than to wait for the health authorities to tell you to do it.

PantsMan said :

However, if I were Angelo Petridis I’d be chcking that i’ve paid PAYG and Super for all may staff first.

You don’t need to do that if you pay cash in hand…saves on workers comp as well…

EvanJames 12:10 pm 21 Mar 12

Reading about dirty food outlets is quite depressing, and seeing them even more-so. Especially when you know of places that are so clean, you could eat off the surfaces. The cafe at the Majura Park offices is a case in point. That place is spotless. The cleaning and hygiene rules are followed to the letter, and the kitchen is borderline sterile. If some can do it, they all can do it.

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