Mag­is­trate tells mouldy food man to get a job

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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.

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