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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009 innerwestcourier.com.au INNER WEST EDITION PHONE 9018 3500 $1.20 INCL. GST Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Live Show Burwood Monday 20 -- Friday 24 July 11am and 1pm daily, Centre Court Fine made Asian restaurant into a model of cleanliness Fiona Brady Aaron Mi in his Taste of Shanghai restaurant in Ashfield. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP297041 ASHFIELD restaurateur Aaron Mi hired a professional clean team to come in every night after getting a fine in November. By an unhappy coincidence, on the day the council inspector visited the Taste of Shanghai eatery on Liverpool Rd the grease trap had spilled, landing the business with a $660 fine. Determined to avoid it ever happening again, Mr Mi hired professional cleaners to come in as soon as the restaurant closes. ''We've never been fined ever since,'' he said. ''Asian restaurants always have a bad reputation, but how to change this is a very important thing. ''That is what we are doing at the moment.'' The business caters for Ashfield Council functions such as Chinese New Year. Mayor Ted Cassidy said no food business, no matter how good, would ever be 100 per cent compliant all of the time. ''Something can be out of place momentarily,'' the mayor said. He said businesses shouldn't be named and shamed unless they had been convicted by a court. ''You shouldn't destroy people's livelihood for a minor breach,'' he said. Tony Raciti from Haberfield's Dolcissimo restaurant suggested that businesses that complied with all food safety laws should be given a certificate to display in their shop window. Ashfield bites back Fiona Brady Tell us of your dining experiences at www.innerwestcourier.com.au ASHFIELD'S reputation as a foodie haven has taken a battering this week, but the local com- munity is already fighting back. Damning figures published on Sunday revealed only 5 per cent of Ashfield businesses complied with all critical food-handling practices when council staff inspected them between July and December 2008. However, by the second inspec- tion, 80 per cent of Ashfield businesses complied. Nevertheless, much of the me- dia coverage of the NSW Food Authority statistics singled out Ashfield as one of the worst- performing NSW councils. It follows other well-publicised food safety breaches such as the Ashfield fish market which was fined $660 in January for storing live crabs in the toilets. Ashfield's business chamber president Kerrie Bush acknowl- edged the negative publicity would affect businesses but said a special safe food-handling course for business owners was being run this week and more were planned. ''I honestly think the restaura- teurs and Ashfield Council are doing everything to overcome the problem,'' she said. Restaurants in Ashfield, Haber- field and Summer Hill were also deemed good enough to be invited to participate in the International Food Festival in October, she said. Mayor Ted Cassidy said in 10 years he had received only one complaint about a local eatery. ''And the proprietors of that business have moved on,'' he said. Cr Cassidy once worked as an accredited food inspector. He said council staff were par- ticularly proactive and kept ''a very close eye'' on food safety. Ashfield's inspectors carried out 300 inspections of Ashfield's 237 food businesses, sent out 102 letters and issued 37 fines. By contrast, Strathfield Council only carried out 46 inspections of its 168 food businesses and sent out no letters or penalty notices. ALIVE - YOUR GUIDE TO GIGS, THEATRE AND EXHIBITIONS - STARTS PAGE 33 Inner West Courier
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