18/12/2015 - 11:48

Food convictions down, still hit $240,000

18/12/2015 - 11:48
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Fewer food operators were convicted for unsanitary and unsafe practices in 2015 than in the previous 12 months, but there were still nearly $240,000 in fines handed out to 16 venues across the city this year.

The Soda Sun Lounge in North Beach copped a $35,000 penalty, plus $2,840 in costs.

Fewer food operators were convicted for unsanitary and unsafe practices in 2015 than in the previous 12 months, but there were still nearly $240,000 in fines handed out to 16 venues across the city this year.

The biggest fine was at Soda Sun Lounge in North Beach, which copped a $35,000 penalty, plus $2,840 in costs, for poor cleanliness and storage practices, as well as having pests on its premises.

At the same North Beach Plaza complex, the North Beach Bakery was fined $30,000 for the same issues, as well as not maintaining its equipment to a satisfactory standard.

Other big fines this year included Wok in A Box Noranda, which was fined $27,500 for serving unsafe or contaminated food and poor cleanliness, and the Yummy Inn Chinese Restaurant in Forrestfield, which was fined $20,000 for similar problems.

Quokka Joe’s Cafe on Rottnest Island copped a $2,500 rap for poor cleanliness, while Cimbalino in Dalkeith was fined $11,250 for unsafe food storage practices, unclean premises and contaminated food.

In 2014, the Health Department convicted 19 food operators for breaches of the Food Act 2008, with Kakulas Bros in Northbridge among the most recognisable names.

Kakulas Bros was fined $30,000 plus costs of $8,312 for selling unsuitable food, storage issues, pests and poor cleanliness of both the premises and its equipment.

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