Fine is food for thought

A Hillarys food business has been fined for food regulation breaches. Picture: file image
A Hillarys food business has been fined for food regulation breaches. Picture: file image

The proprietor was fined $40,000 after pleading guilty in Joondalup Magistrates Court to breaches relating to pest control, food standards, equipment maintenance and food storage and sale.

Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said the 912 registered food businesses in the City were required to meet a minimum standard for cleanliness and general maintenance and had to ensure the safe preparation of food.

‘The significant fine by the magistrate emphasises how important it is that all food businesses ensure food safety is their number one priority,’ he said.

‘The City inspects all local food businesses to ensure that food is being stored correctly, that safe food handling practices are employed and that the premises are generally being maintained to minimise any risks associated with food handling.

‘On occasions some food businesses may fail to meet the minimum standards’