Source of Article: http://www.theage.com.au/national/filthy-eateries-to-keep-their-cloak-of-secrecy-20080730-3ngj.html
DOZENS of city food businesses, including restaurants and cafes, have been prosecuted for breaching food hygiene laws in the past five years — but Melbourne City Council will not reveal who they are.
The council, which polices and enforces food safety laws in the CBD, said secrecy laws prevented the naming of businesses involved in the 40 food safety related prosecutions — one business was fined $75,000.
The council's inability to name
restaurants with poor hygiene records comes as a "name and shame"
food hygiene website in
The NSW Government has boasted the new website improved consumer information and "provides a powerful incentive for the food industry to boost its performance".
Calls are growing in
Opposition consumer affairs spokesman Michael O'Brien said the public had a right to know when a restaurant had broken the law and put customers at risk.
"If they have been charged and convicted then that information should be made available so the public are fully informed before they decide where to eat," he said.
In June last year a magistrate described the hygiene conditions at Nam Loong Restaurant in Russell Street as those "you would not find in a kennel" after photographs showed live and dead cockroaches and rodent droppings in the restaurant.
"We believe that it is not appropriate for details of prosecutions to be released as restaurants may have changed management since the prosecution or they may not have breached food safety regulations since the initial prosecution and publication of a past prosecution could severely impact the viability of the current business," he said.
The State Government is seeking
feedback on proposed new food laws for
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