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Sydney Company Fined for Unsafe Food Production

31 October 2013

AUSTRALIA - Sydney food manufacturing company Sunrise Meats has been fined a total of $41,250 and ordered to pay professional costs of $10,000 in the Downing Centre Local Court for various breaches of the Food Act 2003 relating to food safety and hygiene failures.

The Marrickville based company, licenced under the NSW Food Authority to operate a meat processing business, pleaded guilty to 11 charges following a series of breaches of the hygiene regulations investigated by the NSW Food Authority that lead to the issuing of a prohibition order.

The charges were:

Hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness breaches (3 charges)Contravene the provisions of the Food Safety Scheme (3 charges)Fail to comply with the conditions of licence (3 charges)Fail to comply with requirement imposed by a food safety scheme in relation to the preparation, implementation, maintenance, monitoring, certification or auditing of a food safety program (1 charge)Contravene a Prohibition Order (1 charge)

NSW Food Authority CEO Polly Bennett said the Authority was vigilant in carrying out its role to ensure food producers, manufacturers and retailers meet food safety standards and, where required to be licenced under a Food Safety Scheme, their licence obligations.

"The NSW Food Authority is dedicated to protecting the health of NSW consumers and ensuring the food produced and sold in this state is safe and suitable for human consumption," Ms Bennett said.

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