Pet meat ‘never served’
AN Indian restaurant in Canning Vale has explained the circumstances behind it breaching food regulations after being fined more than $10,000 over the handling of pet meat.
The Department of Health published a notice of the conviction online last week, saying that Kopikaran Krishnasamy and Kalaiamutham Pty Ltd, trading as Cafe Marica, had been convicted for breaching the Food Act in February.
The business was fined $12,000 in total with an additional $1382.30 in costs for failing to prevent pet meat being handled in a premises in which food was sold.
However, a spokesman for the business said the incident came down to a mistake due to a lack of understanding of English.
“We usually buy our lamb from reputable buyers such as Woolworths or Coles. A customer came in and recommended another producer to our chef, who doesn’t speak English very well,” he said.
The spokesman said the fresh lamb was packaged in a bag that was labelled “pet meat” but the chef was unable to read the label. He returned to the business and started to prepare the lamb for cooking when City of Gosnells officers arrived to inspect the business.
“It was never served to a customer. We were lucky the City of Gosnells came in the same day we purchased the meat,” he said.
The spokesman said it was not actually pet meat in the bag but the person they had bought it from put it in a pet meat bag to avoid tighter regulations.