THE owner of Frankston’s Big Dog Diner is back in court with his Bendigo outlet facing more than 100 charges of food safety breaches. The Big Dog Diner Bendigo outlet and its owner, Kristopher Samuel Stephens, face a combined 109 charges from the City of Greater Bendigo.
Mr Stephens appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court this week and indicated that he planned to fight the charges.
The City of Greater Bendigo alleges Big Dog Diner repeatedly ignored its notices to comply, was operating without approval and was in violation of the food standards code. The Frankston outlet had been fined $30,000 for more than 40 breaches of the Food Act, including threatening council health inspectors.
The US-style burger joint was convicted of several hygiene offences including failing to keep surfaces and equipment clean, allowing an employee suspected of suffering a foodborne disease to handle food and failing to maintain adequate handwashing facilities.
Alleged breaches at the Bendigo restaurant included having out-of-date milk in the fridge, no use-by dates on some food, storing food on the floor at 10C warmer than the maximum allowed temperature and having a hole above the salad bar and no filter on an exhaust cavity.
Mr Stephens is reported to have told the court he was concerned for his family’s future. “My concern is for the jobs I have created. My concerns are very real and legitimate,” he said.
Frankston Council officer Tim Frederico said council officers had inspected the local Big Dog Diner twice since March and it now complied with regulations.
Mr Stephens and Big Dog Diner Bendigo will now face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at the end of the month.
Source : The Herald Sun, 19 July 2017