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ACT restaurant Copa Brazilian has its criminal trial delayed

The criminal trial of Canberra’s Copa Brazilian Churrasco Restaurant will be delayed until next year.

26 August 2015

Over 100 people in 2013 contracted food poisoning after eating potato salad at the venue which had been made with bad raw egg mayonnaise. The owners of the restaurant have pleaded not guilty to charges of selling unsafe food that is likely to cause physical harm.

Proceedings have been delayed until February 2016 so that further evidence from the experts can be obtained. The restaurant is facing criminal charges over the salmonella outbreak as food safety laws in the ACT specify that someone can be criminally charged if they knowingly or negligently sell unsafe food.

The owners of the restaurant also faced civil action believed to be the largest of its kind in the ACT. This action has already seen the restaurant pay out an estimated $1 million in damages.

Following the outbreak in 2013, an investigation by ACT Health found a Victorian egg supplier to be responsible. Dr Paul Kelly, the ACT’s Chief Health Officer, confirmed that the eggs used in the mayonnaise were the cause of the salmonella food poisoning outbreak that affected more than 100 people and saw 15 people hospitalised.

 

Source  :  The Canberra Times, 20 August 2015