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Health inspectors catch up with Tak Kee

By johnboy - 17 June 2010 22


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The Canberra Times’ queen of lurid court reporting, Jenna Hand, has hit another winner with the conviction of Kin Wah Wong, of Dickson’s Tak Kee Roast Inn for “failing to comply with food safety standards and allowing food to be handled in a way that made it unsuitable for sale”.

Tak Kee is the legendary establishment with the ducks in the window.

I’ve got to say I’ve always gone to Tak Kee for an authentic Chinese dining experience, which the story describes in every detail.

(OK, not completely authentic, I never saw any rats in Tak Kee)

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cranky 7:00 pm 12 Feb 11

Arthur McKenzie, AKA Blumers, has struck.

Arthur McKenzie 5:26 pm 12 Feb 11

According to the Canberra Times Sat, 12 Feb 2010 Health Monster Katie Gallagher and her bureaucrats seems to think the naming of unsanitary restaurants should be suppressed because knowledge of the perpetrators unsafe practices might affect the livelihood of the restaurant owners.

Well there’s obviously a couple of problems with this approach:

1. She is now potentially personally liable for charges of negligence. If you get sick then send her the damages bill.

2. Knowingly protecting the name of a filthy business by witholding information is irresponsible to say the least. The inspectors can also be held personally liable along with the head of their department. bhey all have a duty of care.

2. How is the livelihood of a filthy owner more important than the livelihood of a customer who is incapacitated or even killed by the filth. The cost of their medication treatment and use of sick leave is not part of their livelihood?

3. The precedents for naming and shaming along with prominent display of the infringements at the front of the restaurant and on prominent public display is so well established by precedent elsewhere in Australia, the ACT government approach is just plain dumb. And why should we foot the bill as taxpayers because a Health Regulator is negligent and couldn’t care less about the people it serves?

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