Clubs ACT are letting it be known that they’re most unhappy with scores on doors being brought in for the whole food service industry despite the problems being largely the domain of the asian vendors:
So as of June of last year, only one particular sector of the food industry was responsible for 86% of the prohibition orders that had been issued and HPS had identified a lack of understanding of English food safety terminology, or language, as a contributing factor.
This was underscored by the Auditor-General’s report which was issued in December of 2011 which recommended that more comprehensive information on food safety in targeted languages would enhance food safety. There still has been no information provided on how HPS have responded to and acted upon the Auditor-General’s findings and recommendations eight months on.
But in a brief to the Chief Minister signed off on the 30th of March 2012, the Health Protection Service advised that it had “…commenced work on translating information sheets into languages other than English”.
So HPS were aware as far back as 2009/10 that half of the prohibition orders issued were for Asian food restaurants, with that figure increasing to 86% in the first half of 2011 and by at least March of 2012, information in other languages still wasn’t available.
“This is exactly why in our submission to the 5 page KPMG Food Safety Discussion Paper which was lodged in September 2011, ClubsACT concluded with the following:
ClubsACT does not support the introduction of [these] measures until an external review of existing Health Protection Services policies and procedures as they pertain to food safety is completed.
“We believed it was important to first examine what procedures where currently in place before new and potentially costly regulation was introduced. This was based on a view that there needed to be more work done to identify why there was a spike in the number of improvement notices and prohibition orders being issued and what could be done to address the cause of the spike.