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Name and shame dodgy restaurants: yes/no?

By steve_aust - 17 February 2011 24

The ACT Government is considering whether to ”name and shame” restaurants which breach hygiene standards or to introduce a more comprehensive hygiene ”star-rating” system for all food businesses.

ACT Health has refused to release the names of the restaurants which were subjected to breach hygiene orders because the information could ”unreasonably affect” the affairs of the businesses’ owners.

It was reported recently in The Canberra Times an Ainslie woman, Esther Agostino and her partner began suffering stomach cramps about 30 hours after they ate dinner in an unnamed north Canberra restaurant.

It was later discovered they had contracted salmonella and had to be cared for by the women’s mother who took time off work to care for the couple.

It was also reported that Ms Agostino was taken back to hospital by ambulance after becoming violently ill again and is now taking powerful antibiotics. She and her partner both lost several kilograms and have still not recovered their health.  Tests confirmed the couple had salmonella and that that infection almost certainly occurred in the restaurant.

Ms Agostino said the public should be informed when a business breached food safety standards.
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dungfungus 8:59 am 22 Feb 12

The_TaxMan said :

Jees people on this very site is one of the restuarants in question

http://the-riotact.com/health-inspectors-catch-up-with-tak-kee/23100

This place has been closed a few times and in each case they put up a sign saying they were renovating the kitchen but of course the kitchen is the same as always so the reno must have been cheap. Also many of the now defunct Saigon Hotbakes were pinged. I have a friend who is an electrician who said that after working in kitchens in canberra there are many many he will will not eat in. Cockroaches in the dough machines of bakeries was his favourite, the machines stop working he gets there opens the inspection plate and out pour the raisons.

This would be fairly standard for a “chew and spew” restaurant. If the food is freshly cooked and scalding hot there is generally no problem. I caught the owner of a chew and spew ransacking the dumpster for discarded vegetables behind a F&V shop adjacent to the restaurant. When I challenged him he said “no worry, I wash them before I cook” If ever in doubt, order a toasted cheese sandwich which was the favourite of commercial travellers 40 years ago.
As the man said, no worries.

puggy 8:57 am 22 Feb 12

fernandof said :

So, why do many establishment fail to pass inspections?

Inspectors will always have suggestions on how some very minor things could be done better and may suggest something that can be rectified on the spot. While technically not a 100% inspection pass, it beats finding nests of vermin in the bag of flour, for example. And you can tell teenage employees to not touch their hair – and to go and wash their hands if they do – a million times, but they do it, because they’re 16 years old and haven’t grown a brain yet.

While we’re at it, we should name and shame anyone who cooks a meal in their own kitchen and ends up sick.

The_TaxMan 8:15 am 22 Feb 12

Jees people on this very site is one of the restuarants in question

http://the-riotact.com/health-inspectors-catch-up-with-tak-kee/23100

This place has been closed a few times and in each case they put up a sign saying they were renovating the kitchen but of course the kitchen is the same as always so the reno must have been cheap. Also many of the now defunct Saigon Hotbakes were pinged. I have a friend who is an electrician who said that after working in kitchens in canberra there are many many he will will not eat in. Cockroaches in the dough machines of bakeries was his favourite, the machines stop working he gets there opens the inspection plate and out pour the raisons.

Henry82 12:43 am 22 Feb 12

name and shame, and it shouldn’t just be limited to restaurants/serving of food.

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