Own­ers de­fend cafe af­ter health fines

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

THE owner of a Viet­namese-style lunch bar in River­vale has de­fended the busi­ness af­ter cop­ping al­most $20,000 in fines for food safety con­vic­tions.

Con­ti­nen­tal Cafe Lunch Bar on Great East­ern High­way in River­vale was con­victed of four breaches of the Food Act 2008.

The con­vic­tions re­lated to fail­ure to store food to pro­tect it from con­tam­i­na­tion, fail­ure to store po­ten­tially haz­ardous food un­der tem­per­a­ture con­trol, not main­tain­ing the premises to a stan­dard of clean­li­ness and not main­tain­ing equip­ment to a stan­dard of clean­li­ness.

Owner He­len Nguyen said she and her hus­band had tried to keep up with de­mands from City of Bel­mont health in­spec­tors but had found it dif­fi­cult.

“We bought the busi­ness four years ago, but the shop was 25 years old at the time,” she said.

“We have changed al­most all of the equip­ment but each time they come in, there is some­thing new that they find.”

Mrs Nguyen said some of the re­cent con­vic­tions stemmed from a com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­down between health in­spec­tors and her staff, say­ing her staff mem­bers failed to no­tify her of writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the City of Bel­mont.

“I’m preg­nant and my hus­band and I work re­ally, re­ally hard,” she said.

“We try our best and ev­ery­one – es­pe­cially our cus­tomers – have told us what a great job we’ve done with the place.”

Mrs Nguyen said the sup­port from her cus­tomers had been very good.

The busi­ness was fined $17,000 and or­dered to pay costs of $1800.

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