Dumpling company receives a fine of more than $ 44,000 and is closed after inspectors have found a decomposing RAT carcass on factory equipment
- The Sydney-based company was accused of 43 crimes under the Food Act
- A complaint regarding the label of a consumer led to an inspection of the property
- The inspection uncovered a series of hygiene and pest control breaches
- Authorities found live rodents, rat droppings and a decomposed rat carcass
A dumpling company has closed and fined thousands of dollars after health officials found live rodents, droppings, and carcasses at food processing equipment.
The director Australia Yummy Pty Ltd and the company itself were fined $ 34,150 and $ 44,150 respectively and ordered professional costs of $ 12,000 and $ 18,000.
On Friday, the company's director pleaded guilty of 43 crimes under the Food Act 2003 in the Downing Center's local court.
The costs related several breaches of hygiene and pest control following a complaint from a consumer led to a full inspection of the Belmore company.
Upon inspection, the NSW Food Authority found live rodents, large quantities of rat droppings and a decomposed rat carcass were found on top of a machine in the processing area.
Upon inspection, the NSW Food Authority found live rodents, large quantities of rat droppings and a decomposed rat carcass on top of a machine found in the processing area (pictured)
& # 39; As a result of these observations, Food Authority officials issued a prohibition that ordered the company to stop trading immediately until it was considered compliant by the authority & # 39 ;, said the NSW Food Authority in a statement.
In a follow-up inspection, officials realized that the company was still acting and had not addressed the violations.
The company was finally allowed to continue trading after fulfilling the orders, but another follow-up inspection revealed more violations.
Food authority NSW said that the problems with the dumpling company were related to various breaches of hygiene and pest control (stock overview)
A second prohibition order was issued to the company, forcing it to close.
NSW Food Authority CEO Dr. Lisa Szabo has welcomed the outcome.
"The vast majority of food companies in NSW do the right thing, but for the few who don't, we will take action to ensure food safety in NSW," said Dr. Szabo.
& # 39; Consumers are entitled to have confidence and certainty that the food they buy and consume is manufactured and prepared in a clean and hygienic environment. & # 39;
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