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
The inspections, conducted in the six
months between July and December 2008, resulted in 729 fines and 31
The offenses included live crabs
stored in toilet cubicles and a loaf of bread with a cigarette butt found
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
The name and shame website was
launched in July last year and has received more than 1.5 millions hits.