NSW restaurants forced to study food safety

Source of Article:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/26/2526668.htm

Posted Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:05am AEDT

Every restaurant in New South Wales will be forced to have a designated food safety officer under new laws aimed at reducing food poisoning outbreaks.

At least one staff member at each hospitality business will have to complete a certified course in food handling from next year.

NSW Primary Industry Minister Ian Macdonald says the State Government is introducing the laws after a spate of outbreaks.

"Thirty-six per cent of food-borne illness outbreaks in NSW are the result of poor food handling," he said. "We believe that this is costing in effect $150 million in terms of lost productivity."

In January, a Sydney couple was fined $42,000 after 136 people were hospitalised and another 165 went to the doctor for salmonella poisoning after eating Vietnamese-style rolls from their bakery.

The State Government described it as the worst food poisoning outbreak in NSW history.

Two weeks ago, two Sydney KFC restaurants were fined a record $73,125 over serious pest, hygiene and food safety problems.




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