Australian baker faces fine over rodent trail, Listeria

A bakery owner in Adelaide faces a fine of up to $100,000 after being accused of continuing to sell food despite allegations of having rodents and a potentially deadly bacteria in his kitchen.

Tranh Minh Tran, of Kilburn, yesterday appeared in court charged with failing to comply with 19 conditions of the Australian and New Zealand Food Standard Code at his Woodville bakery.

The Port Adelaide Magistrates Court heard Tran is also facing charges of aggravated assault and carrying an offensive weapon amid allegations he threatened a Department of Health employee at his bakery last month.

The job of food inspector can really suck sometimes.

Adelaide Now reports that in court documents, the Port Adelaide Enfield Council alleges it immediately issued Tran with an order prohibiting him from continuing to sell food, but it was ignored.

It also alleges the inspectors also found rodent droppings and raw chicken stored at unsafe temperatures. Tran is accused of ignoring demands to employ a pest control company to rid the bakery of the rodents.

The council also alleges Tran was officially warned four times to clean his kitchen and comply with the food code, but failed to do so.