Fast food chains on latest name and shame food safety list

Date: 
9th April 2013

Fast food outlets are continuing to be named and shamed for breaches of food safety laws, according to the latest NSW Food Authority penalties listing.

Individual food stores in the Domino's, Eagle Boys, Hungry Jacks, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Subway chains have drawn penalties from the regulatory body in the last 12 months, some of the outlets repeat offenders.

Also listed with four or more infringements across their NSW networks are IGA, Nandos and Grill'd.

The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food reports that almost 20 percent of NSW Domino's Pizzas stores have been penalised for food breaches since 2008, with 50 fines totalling $37,180.

KFC had the second highest number of penalites over this five year period, with 24 stores issued with 40 fines. Twenty Pizza Hut outlets received 35 penalty notices and 19 McDonald's stores were issued with 30 fines.

The high profile fast food chains are insistent on compliance across their outlets.

McDonald's spokesperon Skye Oxenham-Lupul told SMH, "In all cases we took immediate measures to address the issue and prevent any reoccurrence."

Tracy Stephenson, spokesperson for Domino's Pizza, said the stores in question had continued to trade, but the majority of the outlets had been sold and were under better management.

The system is designed to manage out poor performers, Stephenson said. "Since 2011, we have brought our audit system back in and introduced the breach and termination of sub-franchisee agreement policy for non-compliance."

Ashley Hughes, spokesperson for KFC, said there was a robust system to minimise the risk of food contamination and the 40 fines worth $29,700, which dated from breaches in 2008 and 2009, were a "disappointing lapse".

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