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Hume Food News Winter 2017

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Hume City Council. 1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows. PO Box 119 Dallas Victoria 3047 Phone: 03 9205 2200 | Email: contactus@hume.vic.gov.au | Web: hume.vic.gov.au Traditional tasty treats owners fined $120,000 A mum has described "10 days of horror" as her three young kids and elderly father were struck down with salmonella after eating cannoli sold from a Preston Market stall. Monica Bonacci, from Bundoora, said they bought the cannoli from Preston Market stall Traditional Tasty Treats on February 4, 2016. Filippo and Antoinetta Muscatello, who sold 1,000 unrefrigerated cannoli on a hot summer's day, were slapped with $120,000 fine after being found guilty of breaking 11 food safety laws. The pair was convicted of selling unsafe food to customers, failing to maintain a clean kitchen, hand washing offences and other violations by a Heidelberg magistrate. Mr Muscatello acknowledged he had sold about 1,000 discounted cannoli on a hot summer's day after a market fridge broke down. The incident led to 44 cases of salmonella poisoning being reported to Darebin Council. "I feel really, really bad for what happened," he said. "I've been in business for over 35 years and nothing like this has ever happened to me." The Muscatellos sell thousands of cream-filled cannoli and other Italian desserts from their stall at Preston Market and a shop by the same name in Spring St, Reservoir. In a case brought by the Darebin council, the pair was convicted of selling unsafe food and three other offences at the market stall site. The pair was convicted of seven offences at the Reservoir shop, including the failure to prevent pests, unsafe food handling and poor hygiene. The pair was found guilty of "failing to maintain the food premises to a standard of cleanliness where there was no accumulation of garbage, food waste, dirt, grease or other visible matter". The couple was each ordered to pay $60,000 and $6750 in court costs. News Online Did you know this newsletter is now available in digital format? This allows you to read it on any device at any time. From time-to-time you may recieve food-related news via email. Please let the Public Health Unit know if you wish to unsubscibe. Source: Preston Leader, April 7, 2017 Band aid in a laksa A used band aid was recently found in a Laksa served at a Chinese restaurant in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales. A female customer didn't see the band aid in her meal and ended up putting it in her mouth. The woman reported the incident to her local council health authorities who inspected the premises, and established that a food handler had lost the band aid when preparing the meal. The business was issued a penalty notice and fined $440. Whenever a food handler has a cut, they must ensure it is completely covered with a brightly coloured waterproof band-aid. It should also be covered by a disposable glove, if the wound is on the hand. To avoid this happening to your food business, you must ensure all food handlers follow the correct procedure by wearing coloured band aids to make it easily detectable if it falls into a menu item and gloves to prevent it falling into food. Apart from the damage to the reputation of a business's through bad publicity, further actions that may be taken against your business include civil legal action and/or council prosecution.

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