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Auckland bakery fined for breaching bylaw

Auckland bakery fined for breaching bylaw, continuing to operate after enforced closure

Ministry of Pies Limited has been convicted and fined $9590 on food hygiene charges following prosecution by the Auckland City Council.

The conviction and fines, imposed at the Auckland District Court, relate to the Ministry of Pies Limited premises at 8 McKinnon Street, Mt Roskill.

The food hygiene convictions cover three major offences: critical food safety matters including a cockroach infestation operating without a food premises licence, and continuing to illegally operate after forced closure by council.

“This is the first conviction of this kind brought forward by Auckland City and we hope that it sends a signal to other business that disregarding environmental health legislation is not acceptable, “ says David Vince, senior environmental health officer.

Environmental health officers closed the premises in March last year. It was then discovered that although the front of the business was closed, the business continued to operate. The substantial fine was for this bylaw breach.

Hygiene problems were rectified and although the business officially re-opened, it has now closed and is no longer operating.

The illegal operation aspect of the conviction is the most alarming, says senior environmental health officer, David Vince. “We were astounded to learn that although Auckland City had instructed an immediate closure of the premises, the business continued to operate. Any enforced closure is for good reason – and to continue to operate is a danger to public health,” he says.

“It is important that every food operation obtains the necessary approvals to operate under current legislation. Other unlicensed operations should now be on notice that to operate without a licence will not be tolerated.”

Auckland City Council has recently introduced a web based food grading search tool. Consumers can check the food hygiene ratings of all restaurants, cafes and food businesses in Auckland before choosing where to eat out or buy.

Visit http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/foodgrading.

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