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Sydney company fined for unsafe food productions

Sunrise Meats, a food manufacturing company based in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west, has been fined over $40,000 for a number of food and hygiene breaches following conviction and sentencing in the Downing Centre Local Court .

Licensed under the NSW Food Authority to operate a meat processing business, the Sydney-based company pleaded guilty to 11 charges following a series of breaches of the hygiene regulations. This was as a result of the NSW Food Authority conducting an investigation which in turn lead to the issuing of a prohibition order.
The charges laid against Sunrise Meats were as follows:

• Failure to comply with the conditions of their licence (3 charges)
• Contravening the provisions of the Food Safety Scheme (3 charges)
• Hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness breaches (3 charges)
• Failure to comply with a requirement imposed by a food safety scheme in relation to the preparation, implementation, maintenance, monitoring, certification or auditing of a food safety programme (1 charge)
• Contravening a prohibition order.

“The NSW Food Authority is dedicated to protecting the health of NSW consumers and ensuring the food produced and sold in this state is safe and suitable for human consumption,” stated NSW Food Authority CEO Polly Bennett.

The breaches included handling food in a manner that failed to properly address the risk of contamination; where meat was stored on the floor near a drain, on unclean benches and came into contact with unclean wall tiles and its failure to have effective and continuous pest control in place.


To read more: 28 October 2013


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