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Cafe Garema feels the banhammer

By johnboy - 1 April 2012 21

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Pantsman has sent in the latest victim of the newly energised food safety inspection regime, Cafe Garema in Civic.

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Cafe Garema feels the banhammer
davo101 9:11 am 02 Apr 12

Someone had stuck up on the next window a copy of the inspection report. From my very quick read I thought it was interesting that:

1. The date of the inspection was the 16th but the closure was effective from the 30th–so you do seem to get some sort of warning that there is a problem.

2. They were failed for not having splash backs installed.

3. They also failed because of cockroach infestation, but there was a note indicating that the cafe was constantly baiting but it was still a problem. Anyone what to bet that cockroaches don’t just hang out in one kitchen and that all of the eating establishments in that building probably need to start an ant-roach campaign?

Ian 11:47 pm 01 Apr 12

I wonder if by chance Silo passed an inspection days before their problems, and the inspectors got burnt by that and are now dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on every inspection they do as a reaction to that?

CHW 7:16 pm 01 Apr 12

Seriously doubt there is a conspiracy afoot…

…maybe instead of being complacent about the state of the work areas, these eateries could just try… cleaning a bit more often?

You know, like they are supposed to?

Of course, I feel sorry for the kitchenhands in these places, they are probably never given enough time to clean properly in any case… who wants to pay for staff to spend their time on something so irrlevant to putting plates in front of people??

dungfungus 7:13 pm 01 Apr 12

I helped a colleague strip out a “greasy spoon” type takeaway somewhere in south Canberra about 20 years ago. The last tenants had been evicted and the owner of a shop nearby quipped that after they left, cockroaches carrying suitcases were seen to be leaving also. The deep fryers were still full of putrid cooking oil and a large dead rat was floating in one. In my younger days I worked in a takeaway in a NSW country town. The owner used to bath his infants in the sink every night and then use the same water to “wash” the cooking and serving implements.
“What the eyes doesn’t see, the stomach doesn’t know about”

johnboy 4:51 pm 01 Apr 12

I think you just answered your own question there El!

el 4:26 pm 01 Apr 12

JimiBostock said :

I am starting to smell a rat and it ain’t rats in the kitchen but overzealous bureaucrats – maybe I am wrong but have heard that some of the recent places hit by closure are watching closely with the view to class action – think it might be time for ACT gov to check if good intentions are not running riot here

Maybe instead of instigating legal action, they should consider cleaning their kitchens, refrigeration systems and equipment of the trade to the expected level. Just a thought.

thatsnotme 3:52 pm 01 Apr 12

I’m waiting for someone to produce their own green sign, with a great big ‘OPEN’ printed on it, along with details about how they were inspected by ACT Health, and found to be operating within guidelines. With the increasing number of places being closed down, that’d have to be a pretty good advertisement for their business.

Little_Green_Bag 3:52 pm 01 Apr 12

JimiBostock said :

I am starting to smell a rat and it ain’t rats in the kitchen but overzealous bureaucrats – maybe I am wrong but have heard that some of the recent places hit by closure are watching closely with the view to class action – think it might be time for ACT gov to check if good intentions are not running riot here

This reminds me of the restaurant reviews in The Canberra Times in the 1970s and ’80s. Week after week there would be glowing reviews of various nosheries, even those which everybody knew were terrible. Later that decade Ian Warden in the CT actually admitted that in order to get a good review, the restaurant in question would have to give the reviewer a free meal. Waiters knew when writing the docket they had to put CT-NC on it (Canberra Times, No charge).

Could it be possible that a similar system of payola exists now with the health inspectors? It wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility.

gooterz 3:07 pm 01 Apr 12

JimiBostock said :

I am starting to smell a rat and it ain’t rats in the kitchen but overzealous bureaucrats – maybe I am wrong but have heard that some of the recent places hit by closure are watching closely with the view to class action – think it might be time for ACT gov to check if good intentions are not running riot here

You could always FOI to see which places are being targeted. this would also tell you which ones are ‘good’

johnboy 3:00 pm 01 Apr 12

JimiBostock said :

I am starting to smell a rat and it ain’t rats in the kitchen but overzealous bureaucrats – maybe I am wrong but have heard that some of the recent places hit by closure are watching closely with the view to class action – think it might be time for ACT gov to check if good intentions are not running riot here

Dunno about that Jimi, I suppose they could argue they should be compensated for the costs of complying with a more rigorous regime. But I’m not sure they’d want to go there.

JimiBostock 2:10 pm 01 Apr 12

I am starting to smell a rat and it ain’t rats in the kitchen but overzealous bureaucrats – maybe I am wrong but have heard that some of the recent places hit by closure are watching closely with the view to class action – think it might be time for ACT gov to check if good intentions are not running riot here

I-filed 1:28 pm 01 Apr 12

Come on Rioters- conspiracy theory opportunity being missed here! Brodburger just opened … and we know the ACT Govt REALLY wants them to succeed! : )

PantsMan 12:55 pm 01 Apr 12

Where were the rats from Gus’ supposed to go?

Furry Jesus 12:27 pm 01 Apr 12

I work in Civic, walk through Garema Place every day, but I’ve never noticed this cafe by name. Where is it?

taninaus 12:26 pm 01 Apr 12

I see this becoming a new badge of honor with this many being issued, it sort of dilutes the impact or are our food outlets really that bad.

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