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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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22 Responses to
Health inspectors catch up with Tak Kee
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?

Jivrashia 10:56 pm 28 Jun 10

^Do they charge extra for cockroach?

Seriously though, I have no problems having food that was prepared in the open (car park in this case).

But, food left unattended in the open, such that a health inspector could take the time photographing it, and possibly lather it with anthrax? Sorry, but that is a definite no no.

Would you really want to risk eating food that may have been nibbled by vermin?

OzChick 12:59 am 19 Jun 10

^ Yes, they do serve laksa.

botto 11:51 pm 18 Jun 10

I am not surprised at all. Nothing against the chinese – but as long as they can sell – they don’t care if you die or not 🙂
I am surprised however many people find the food tasty there… you do not have a sophisticated sense of taste in my opinion.

canern 4:55 pm 18 Jun 10

Do they even serve laksa?

niceplacetolive 1:26 pm 18 Jun 10

We call it the tacky roach inn… for very good reason… got a cockroach in my laksa there once.

How often to the health department do their checks? This place has been like that for years, just ask the mechanics behind the shop where all the food is cooked

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