One in ten food businesses fail safety checks in Australian state

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    SYDNEY, May 28 (Xinhua) -- One in 10 food businesses in the east Australian state of New South Wales failed food safety inspections, a report revealed on Thursday.

    The report issued by the state's Food Authority said 23,000 food retailers, restaurants and take-away food shops had been scrutinized by food inspectors and 10 percent were found to be unhygienic.

    The inspections, conducted in the six months between July and December 2008, resulted in 729 fines and 31 prosecutions.

    The offenses included live crabs stored in toilet cubicles and a loaf of bread with a cigarette butt found inside.

    The state's Primary Industries Minister Ian MacDonald said the government would continue to name and shame food businesses which failed food safety inspections.

    "This is not good enough, more work needs to be done by food premises to make sure they comply with critical food handling practices," MacDonald said.

    From next year the government will require each food business in New South Wales to have a designated person responsible for supervising food handling and hygiene practices.

    MacDonald said 50,000 inspections would be conducted each year on more than 40,000 food premises in New South Wales.

    The name and shame website was launched in July last year and has received more than 1.5 millions hits.



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