Following Canberra's largest outbreak of salmonella poisoning, the owners of the former Copa Brazilian restaurant will be going to court to face criminal charges.
As a result of the food poisoning, more than 160 people fell ill, some of whom are now suffering long term health problems. The mayonnaise in the homemade potato salad that was served unfortunately included a bad raw egg.
The Canberra Times reports that the owners, Zeffirelli Pizza Restaurant, have been charged with selling unsafe food that is likely to cause harm.
Many of the victims of the food poisoning have settled civil claims against the Dickson restaurant in the total vicinity of around $1 million. The civil case is thought to be the largest in Canberra's history.
The case appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court last month and is due back in court today 14 October 2014.
Following the outbreak in 2013, an investigation by ACT Health found that an egg supplier from Victoria had been responsible for the bad eggs. The Copa Brazilian restaurant, which had only recently opened at the time, immediately withdrew all products from its menu that contained raw egg and issued an apology to the victims.
Source : Hospitality Magazine, 8 October 2014