The Worst Suburbs In Sydney For Food Offences Have Been Revealed

One shop was hit with $40,000 in fines

The Worst Suburbs In Sydney For Food Offences Have Been Revealed

A list has been released of the suburbs which had the most NSW food safety law breaches in the past month.

Sadly, Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Parramatta were at the top of the list.

The NSW Food Authority's "Name and Shame" register is now in its ninth year, keeping food retailers, restaurants and cafes across the state in check.

In just 20 days, 22 businesses across all three suburbs were hit with 35 food safety offences.  

The offences consisted of leaving food open to contamination, neglecting to clean and maintain fixtures, fittings and equipment, prevention of pests, temperature control and hygiene of food handlers.

Ben Lees, NSW Food Authority food regulation executive officer stated, "Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Parramatta are some of the three biggest local government areas in NSW, with more than 4200 food business."

Adding that cockroaches, rats and flies are the most common pests to attract attention from food inspectors. 

The stores that found themselves on the list varied from bakeries, cafes, seafood stores and popular restaurants.

Another 54 businesses were also hit with 82 offences in council areas including Mosman, Liverpool, Fairfield, Central Coast and Willoughby.

A Sydney chicken producer was recently hit with $40,000 in fines and professional costs after they were caught transporting their chicken meat on rusted trolleys.

The Moorebank store was hit with 12 charges after they found unclean equipment and utensils, staff change rooms without soap, and rubbish and cigarette butts on site.

There are currently 1409 penalty notices in the register, including 153 issued in the past month. 

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said, "I am pleased to say the vast majority of food businesses in NSW do the right thing – however those which don’t face the significant sanction of featuring on the well-read register." 

Adding, "This puts the power in the hands of the consumer and gives them confidence and certainty when choosing where to dine."