A Clayton cafe has been fined $24,500 and a former director of the company fined $43,000 for failing to provide a safe and clean food premises.
Kamboj Enterprises Pty Ltd, trading as Cafe Student Curries and Pizza Restaurant at 341 Clayton Road, Clayton, and a former Company Director were handed down fines in the Moorabbin Magistrates Court on 11 August 2015.
The company pleaded guilty to 17 charges and was fined $20,000 with a conviction recorded and $4,500 in costs. Former Company Director Navdeep Singh was charged with 28 breaches and did not enter a plea. He did not appear in court and was fined $35,000 with a conviction and orderedto pay $8,000 in costs.
The charges related to the premises being in an unsatisfactory state of cleanliness; inadequate pest control measures; poor food storage; inadequate skills and knowledge; structural and maintenance non-compliance; inadequate hand washing facilities; and non-compliance with the Food Safety Program.
The breaches - identified during an annual inspection on 27 March 2015 - resulted in the cafe voluntarily closing down for two days until urgent cleaning was undertaken and non-compliance issues had been addressed. After Council was satisfied that the owners would meet the safety and cleanliness requirements under the Food Act, the cafe was re-opened.
Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris said it was the second successful prosecution Council had concluded over the past six weeks, with a Glen Waverley business Dumpling Hut Pty Ltd - proprietor of the food business trading as Raramen - receiving fines in July.
Cr Klisaris said the fines in the Clayton case were at the higher end of the scale, reflecting the severity of the breaches by this company and its former director.
“It is terrible that they were willing to take such risks with the health of their customers,” Cr Klisaris said.
“I do wish to reassure people that the vast majority of food businesses in Monash have high standards of cleanliness and customer care.
”Council will continue to be rigorous in its food inspections and we will prosecute any business that does not respect the health of its customers.”
Media Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email JoanneR@monash.vic.gov.au