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Old 07-14-2008, 09:59 PM   #1
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Restaurants Named and Shamed in Aus

Here in Australia (NSW) Restaurants have begun being named and shamed whenever they receive a penalty notice from the "Health Inspector". The restaurants name appears on a website along with the location and date of the offence.

You can also click on a link to read the actual details of the penalty.

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Failure to protect food from the likelihood of contamination - food stored on the ground
Does anywhere else have this sort of public naming and shaming of restaurants?

Link to the Name and Shame site. Register of penalty notices | NSW Food Authority

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Old 07-14-2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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seems to me i have seen a list, but am not sure. good idea though. it is a bit scary to know what they are doing to our food in the back kitchen.

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Old 07-15-2008, 01:07 AM   #3
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Our local council has a website called safe2eat where inspection fails are listed. however the resturants are claiming that they are slow to note corrective actions.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:40 AM   #4
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Here in the heart land of the US. Iowa we have a very tough inforcement policy
and it is on the county health dept. web site
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:45 AM   #5
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Interesting knight76 but I would suggest that that list is just the tip of the iceberg. If they are going to name and shame these people they had best name them all.

I don't know if I agree, perhaps for repeat offenders yes, but sometimes some of these little Hitler Health Inspectors get carried away with themselves.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:04 AM   #6
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Does anywhere else have this sort of public naming and shaming of restaurants?
There are four local television stations in my area that have news programs. One of them reports on restaurants as they are inspected, listing critical violations, minor ones..... complete with camera in the restaurant filming the violations and their sign emblazened on your TV screen. Doesn't matter if it's a mom & pop or a chain.
I don't know how the news crew hooks up with the health inspector, but it is a regular feature.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:59 PM   #7
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In Las Vegas, the Review-Journal lists the restaurants receiving demerits every Wednesday in their "Restaurant Report." It is amazing how many restaurants are in severe violation of the health rules. Restaurants receiving more than 40demerits are closed. They list one or two of the reasons for the demerits, but sometimes they soft peddle them so the public doesn't get too grossed out. Check it out ,
ReviewJournal.com - Living - RESTAURANT REPORT
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:12 PM   #8
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Good to see this sort of information is publicly available in other places. Very interesting the TV channel version. That would make interesting viewing.
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Restaurants receiving more than 40demerits are closed
I think that's fair enough, if they continue their bad practises so they should.

I was once threatened to be fined 3 demerit by a DPI meat inspector because our butcher wasn't packaging the retail meat to his satisfaction, I took it lightly until I found out that each demerit point was a $30,000 fine.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:52 AM   #10
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Just my opinion, but I don't think media involvement beyond listing everyone's scores is particularly helpful. Even listing scores alone without some reference to what they signify and what the mean and median scores of all restaurants are under their jurisdiction will just cause confusion for most.

No restaurant will be without some issues if the Environmental Health Specialist is doing his job correctly. The media will often interpret reports based on their own limited knowledge.

If the Health Department initiates a routine report for the media on that week's or month's results, then it may be a good thing. But it needs to be regular and consistent.

Many violations are corrected during the discussion between the manager and the health department. For example, food stored on the floor usually means someone delivered a box of food and it hasn't been shelved yet. Should the floor become flooded, the food could be contaminated. Usually the manager will have the food shelved while the health department is still there. The violation usually will remain on the inspection sheet.
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