|The popular Name and Shame register which publicly names businesses that fail to meet food safety standards has received more than 7 million hits online, NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said.”This sends a clear message to food businesses that consumers expect high standards and are scanning the list of restaurants and other food outlets before deciding where to dine out,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“A penalty notice on the register not only acts as a potential deterrent to would be diners it also serves as a deterrent to food businesses against making food safety breaches.”
There were almost 1.25 million views on the Name and Shame register in 2012 alone and more than 7.1 million since the register was established in 2008.
The most common food safety breaches under the Food Act 2003 are;
“The number of food businesses appearing on the register has almost halved in 3 years which shows the campaign is having the desired effect with more food outlets adhering to the rules,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
In 2011-12, 785 food businesses appeared on the Name and Shame register (1337 penalty notices) compared to 1309 food businesses in 2009-2010 (2329 penalty notices).
“This is a timely reminder to all food businesses across NSW to comply with food safety laws to stay off the Name and Shame register,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
To view the Name and Shame register visit: www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/penalty-notices