Would you buy food from your local store if you knew this is how it looks out the back? Well this grubby mouldy insect ridden supermarket at Bentleigh in Victoria has just been fined $70,000 after being bust 3 times in the last few years for filthy practices. Thank you Glen Eira Council for exposing these filthy greedy bastards who are too stingy or greedy to pay for proper cleaning training etc. Whatever it takes. The store is called CK Foodstore in Centre Road Bentleigh and the owner Guo Jing Chen, is in further strife for using a car park to load and unload his food and products on the actual car-park surface! He should be cleaning up or out of business, the Old 3 strikes your out! Needs to be more Name and Shame I say!
There is a reason why here in Australia we do not trade meat and fish and vegetables directly on the market floor. Eat well tonight readers!
C&K Group Pty Ltd – trading as CK Foodstore – and proprietor Guo Jing Chen were this week found guilty over the filthy state of the Centre Rd business. The sickening list of food safety failures included:
– Meat, dirt and other matter on the floor of a meat preparation area;
– Live and dead flies on a hand wash basin and benches used to prepare food;
– Insect zappers overflowing with dead flies and other insects;
– Mould on a seafood preparation area wall;
– Rotten, mouldy and unsanitary food items on a cool room floor; and
– A hand wash basin that didn’t work.
It was not the first time Mr Chen and C&K Group have fronted court for poor food practices either
- Inside a filthy Melbourne supermarket Herald Sun, 29 minutes ago
- Food leaders left off PM’s dinner list Perth Now, 4 May 2011
- Visa curbs lead to exploitation The Australian, 3 May 2011
- Where hygiene is not on the menu The Daily Telegraph, 23 Apr 2011
- Cracking the food code Herald Sun, 5 Mar 2011
In November 2009 both were placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond without conviction for similar offences and C & K Group fined $10,000.
Mr Chen, 51, of Bentleigh, said food inspectors were always looking for “the worst part” of his business and claimed he had been trying to work with the council.
“They are really not helping my business,” he said.
Mr Chen said getting reliable staff had been a problem as a small business owner but he was now focused on improving training.
“I am doing the right thing by everyone,” he said.
“And people who come to the stall – they are happy.”
Glen Eira Council director community services Peter Jones said inspectors routinely inspected all local food outlets.
All 795 registered in the municipality are inspected at least once a year.
“Council will apply sanctions to those businesses that fail to respond to councils directions concerning matters of food safety,” Mr Jones said.
“Councils strong monitoring and surveillance of local food premises ensures the public is protected against unhygienic practices and unsafe food.”
C&K Group Pty Ltd and Mr Chen were found guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court of 22 charges for failing to comply with the Food Act.
The court imposed fines of $67,500 plus $9000 in council costs.