So­cial me­dia storm bugs eatery

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Joel Kelly

HANS Cafe in Bel­mont has re­ported a drop in busi­ness since pho­to­graphs of small in­sects in a woman’s take­away meal went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia last week.

The woman bought take­away tom yum soup from the cafe on Jan­uary 30 and posted on Face­book she was “de­lighted to find baby cock­roaches” in her meal.

The post has been shared more than 3000 times, re­ceived more than 500 likes and at­tracted com­ments con­demn­ing the lo­cal eatery.

Her pho­to­graphs showed at least two small in­sects in her soup but the qual­ity was too poor to iden­tify the type of in­sect.

She said on Face­book when she com­plained the cook told her it hap­pened oc­ca­sion­ally and he would bring her a re­place­ment meal, but she de­clined.

The woman de­clined to talk to the South­ern Gazette.

Hans Bel­mont man­ager Van­nary Ing said busi­ness had been ex­tremely slow since the Face­book post.

He said the woman’s con­cerns were valid but he did not think the in­sect was a cock­roach and the post had dam­aged the busi­ness’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Mr Ing said the in­ci­dent was un­for­tu­nate but lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had given the cafe the all clear.

City of Bel­mont’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers re­sponded to a com­plaint from some­one who saw the Face­book post and vis­ited the premises on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the of­fi­cers found the premises to be in or­der with no cock­roach ac­tiv­ity.

“The premises em­ploys the ser­vices of a pest con­trol firm who treat the premises monthly and their most re­cent in­spec­tion and pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ments oc­curred the day be­fore the com­plaint was posted on Face­book,” he said.

Mr Cole said it was most likely small in­sects were found in the meal due to in­ad­e­quate clean­ing of leafed veg­eta­bles.

“While this should not oc­cur, some­times in­sects are not re­moved dur­ing the wash­ing process and the op­er­a­tor has been re­minded to be more vig­i­lant,” he said.

Re­ports con­firmed no cock­roaches over the last three in­spec­tions.

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