Nine Restaurants At West field Miranda Fined Across Eight Months Thanks To Food Hygiene Violations
The Sutherland Shire Council is doing what it can to ensure that family dining in Sutherland Shire is a good as it can, and, to that end, it has slapped penalties at nine restaurants at West field Miranda over the span of eight months, from August 2017 to May 2018, for failing to meet the government’s food hygiene standards.
The Sutherland Local Court handed down the heftiest penalty, $15,000, early May 2018 to the Dainty Hospitality Group, the company that owns and operates the Dainty Dumpling House café. The council took action after issuing several warnings and directives to the eatery over a time span of three years.
One council inspection of the restaurant followed complaints from people that had terrible family dining in Sutherland Shire, saying that the Dainty Dumpling House was the source of a foodborne illness that was spreading around late September 2017. The company was then convicted of two offences for having failed to comply with the government’s standards for family dining in Sutherland Shire and across the country.
According to the council’s inspections, several cockroaches were found within the food preparation area of the café, plus the wash basin had deteriorated to the point that they couldn’t be cleaned effectively.
The company was convicted, and was fined $7000 in initial costs, plus an additional $500 for each offence.
According to Dainty Hospitality Group Director Marko Li, the group had no offences in the past, and the problems at the café at the Miranda came from defective building work on the shopping centre, which itself was the subject of ongoing legal action. The group issued a statement, saying that the issues noted during the council inspection in April were dealt with, and that customers could dine at the Westfield Miranda branch with confidence.
The NSW Food Authority’s register of penalty notices, colloquially dubbed the ‘name and shame’ file, noted eight other food businesses in the Westfield Miranda shopping centre, which are as follows.
- Bannos Brownies, for failure to maintain easily accessible facilities for hand washing in the premises, previous warning given;
- Ken’s Bento, failure to display potentially hazardous foodstuffs under temperature control, previous warnings issued;
- Lok Lok Dumpling Bar, for failure to take all practicable measure to deal with pests in the premises, previous warnings issued;
- Luxe Kitchen Miranda, same issue with Ken’s Bento;
- Sourdough Bakery, failure to maintain premises, and general equipment in working state with regard to their use, as well as failure to ensure that the design and construction of their food is appropriate for the activities, previous warning given;
- Subway, failure to meet equipment and premises to the required standard of cleanliness, previous warning issued;
- The Foodie, for failure to take all practicable measures to deal with pests, and to store potentially hazardous food under proper temperature control, previous warnings issued, and;
- The Shed Cafe, failure to display potentially hazardous foods under proper temperature control, previous warnings issued.