Problems with pests and food handling at North Shore food outlets
Pest control, unsatisfactory cleaning and poor food-handling practices are among the reasons eight North Shore eateries have D grades in Auckland Council’s latest food grades published this week.
All food outlets were required to display a food grade certificate to inform customers of the quality and hygiene standards of the establishment.
The food grades started at A and dropped down to E. Auckland Council did not give out C grades because the council believed operators should be either above or below the line.
Auckland food service consultant Mark Collins told Stuff it was outrageous that businesses with a food hygiene D rating were not closed until they were up to scratch.
“It’s within everyone’s grasp to get an A. It’s not like getting in the top 25 restaurant list, which is really subjective. Food safety is a bloody pre-requisite for selling food and you should be able to get an A,” Collins said.
However, Auckland Council maintained D-rated businesses were okay to continue selling food.
Browns Bay’s Pukeko Bakery was the only North Shore eatery in the published list to have an E grade. The bakery was last inspected by council in June, 2017 and has since stopped trading out of the Anzac Rd property.
Once the council became aware or was notified that a business had closed or moved it would be removed from the database.
Complaints could be made to Auckland Council if the public had concerns about cleanliness, rubbish dumped outside, food display or storage, food hygiene practices, a foreign object found in food, smells coming from a food business site, food safety issues and registration or grading certificate not on display.
North Shore’s D gradings with Auckland Council’s reasons
Tok Tok, 129-155 Hurstmere Rd Takapuna, pest control, unsatisfactory cleaning and poor food-handling practices.
Chuan Mei, 21 Pearn Place Northcote, unsatisfactory cleaning, poor food-handling practices, inadequate staff training and inadequate or falsified records.
Golden Ye Takeaways, 154-160 Birkdale Rd Birkdale, an inspection was undertaken on February 14, 2018, which resulted in a D grade being awarded. This decision had been appealed and a review was under way and would be completed by February 23.
Seaview Superette, 121 Coronation Rd Hillcrest, unsatisfactory cleaning, poor food-handling practices and inadequate staff training.
Smart Kitchen, 3 Miro Place Albany, premises structure/layout, unsatisfactory cleaning, poor food-handling practices and repeat offences. A re-grade application was made and the business would be re-graded this week.
Spicy Moment, 16-30 Pearn Place Northcote, unsatisfactory cleaning, poor food handling practices, repeat offences, maintenance issues and pest control.
Sunnynook Fast Food, 13/120-126 Sunnynook Rd, unsatisfactory cleaning and poor food-handling practices.
Surasang, 14/59 Porana Rd Wairau Valley, pest control, poor food-handling practices and unsatisfactory cleaning.