Auckland Bakery owner fined over cockroaches

By Keiran Campbell


The owner of an Auckland bakery has been sentenced for breaching standards by having a "severe cockroach infestation" in her premises.


You Sim Be, who operates The Mekong Hot Bread Shop in Henderson, was fined $600 and ordered to pay court costs of more than $130 when she appeared at Waitakere District Court yesterday.


A charge against co-defendant Kong Hour was withdrawn.


Be had earlier pleaded guilty to a single charge of being the owner of a shop providing food that breached standards by having a severe cockroach infestation.


The charge was laid by the Auckland Council.


Outside court yesterday Be said she had been complacent about cleaning under the fridge, where the roaches were found, and was relieved the case was over.


She said cleaning under the fridge had become a priority.


"Nothing is wrong with the shop right now. We do more cleaning every day now."


The infestation was discovered when council inspectors made a spot check of the Bruce McLaren Rd business in July.


Be said the bakery was shut down for one-and-a-half days before the council gave the all-clear that the insects had been exterminated.


The council had immediately dropped the business' hygiene grading to E, the lowest possible.


Yesterday the council website showed the shop had a B grading, meaning it meets the "minimum statutory requirements".


A council spokesman said premises graded E were closed down immediately until the reasons for the rating were fixed. Officials would consider prosecution, depending on the circumstances and registration could be withdrawn if the prosecution was successful. A search of the council website revealed just 21 outlets out of hundreds across the region had the lowest grades possible - E, or D in the area formerly run by the North Shore City Council, which used a different system.


The council spokesman said people with concerns about food outlet hygiene could contact it on (09) 301 0101.


Problem premises


Grade E

Unsatisfactory compliance*


Central Auckland: Dumpling Delight; Grind on High

Henderson: 7AM Cafe; Dim Sum King; Saaj Indian Cuisine Lincoln; Silverbell Market

Manukau Central: Trend East Restaurant

Manurewa: Absolute Fresh

New Lynn: Nikau Superette; Qin Hai Company Ltd; Spring Trading Ltd

Otahuhu: Pakwan Indian Restaurant

Papatoetoe: Golden Drum Takeaways

Remuera: Sichuan Restaurant in Remuera

Te Atatu Peninsula: Papa Tasty Kebabs

Te Papapa: The Pie Shoppe


Grade D

Serious food safety concerns**


Albany: Fat Boys Tavern

Northcote: Busy Horse Takeaways

Takapuna: Ba Shu Feng Restaurant

Wairau Valley: Star Cafe Seafood Restaurant; Surasang

Source: Auckland Council


*Lowest grade in areas formerly run by Auckland City, Franklin, Manukau, Papakura, Waitakere and Rodney councils

**Lowest grade in the area formerly run by North Shore City Council

- THE AUCKLANDER

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