Pet meat ‘never served’

Canning Times - - NEWS - David Johns

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.

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