The Champion Bakery from the Adelaide suburb of Beverley has been fined over $160,000 for multiple breaches of the food safety code. The bakery supplied many local businesses including delicatessens and supermarkets.
Charles Stuart council inspectors told the magistrates court that during their inspection of the premises they found insects in the herb and spice mixes, rodent droppings in various batters for cookies and tarts and ingredients that contained mould (glace cherries, butter and chocolate).
Despite being issued with a prohibition order to cease trading, owner of the bakery, Michael Nickols, refused to comply. His lawyer responded that he had refused to cease trading on moral grounds as he objected to claiming benefits from the government.
In sentencing Nickols, magistrate Bob Harrap said, "This is serious offending. I note the period of time over which the offending occurred, I note the nature of the offending, I note it includes a deliberate flouting of a prohibition order. In my view the potential of illness or serious injury was significant."
He was fined $126,000 after pleading guilty to the food safety breaches while the bakery received a $40,000 fine.
Source : Hospitality Magazine, 4 March 2015