Magistrate tells mouldy food man to get a job
A BAKERY owner who let mouldy and smelly food be sold to customers has been urged by a magistrate to get a job and start contributing to his household.
Jam and Sugar Bakehouse owner Monipiseth Norodom and his wife, This Huong Tran Le, were fined more than $25,000 for 15 breaches of food safety legislation.
The sentencing yesterday was just over a year since the pair were both before the courts on 32 charges of breaching the Food Act.
Magistrate Alfio Grasso said both Norodom and Le had been given significant help by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council to bring the bakery, in the Port Adelaide Mall, up to standard.
However, the advice had fallen on deaf ears and Mr Grosso said it was sheer “good luck” that no one had become sick after eating mouldy food from the bakery.
“This was a serious breach,” Mr Grosso said.
“There is no other way to categorise it.
“Norodom showed a blatant disregard of the standards, he has done absolutely nothing in the interim period.
The pair have since sold the bakery and are already paying back $800 a month in fines from their previous sentencing. Norodom owned the bakery while Le ran the day-today business.
Mr Grosso praised Le’s work ethic and said she had already got a job at another bakery but was dealing with prepackaged food and was not at risk of breaching food safety again.
However, he was scathing of Norodom, whom he said was unemployed and listed as a “housekeeper” despite three of their four children being over the age of 18.
“It might be time for you to contribute to the household income,” Mr Grosso said to Norodom.
The pair pleaded guilty to nine counts of storing food at an incorrect temperature, two charges of selling food past its use-by date and other charges related to cleanliness, unsuitable conditions and maintaining equipment.
Mr Grosso said he considered both parties equally responsible for the food safety breaches.
Both Le and Norodom were fined $12,000 each in addition to courts costs and a $1000 prosecution fee to Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
An inspection of the bakery in 2016 found mouldy red gelatine tomatoes and apple pieces as well as a chocolate shard with a dead insect in it.
A later inspection found 13 pies with black, green and white mould.