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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1637..

Health—restaurant closures

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Wednesday, 21 March 2012): Generally, food businesses are not given forewarning of impending inspections by public health officers, as was the case with the two businesses to which Mr Smyth has referred. This is to ensure that the inspection reveals a true picture of the cleanliness and practices currently at that food business.

In relation to these two businesses, inspections were carried out late morning on 9 March 2012. In each case the inspection determined that the food business was not compliant with the Food Act and the Food Standards Code, warranting the immediate closure of the business through a prohibition notice.

Following conclusion of the inspections of the businesses on 9 March 2012 the findings of the inspections were reviewed by senior personnel at the Health Protection Service, and the decision to close these businesses was then made. The businesses were phoned the same day to inform them of the decision and were advised that prohibition orders were to be delivered to them, which occurred in the early evening, a couple of hours after being informed of the decision.

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