Australian festival stalls hit by food safety orders

The Canberra Times reports three food stalls at the National Multicultural Festival breached food safety regulations, resulting in health authorities having to destroy ”potentially contaminated” foods.

A team of seven public health officers were sent to the weekend’s festival in a crackdown on food stalls that saw roughly 100 inspections over Friday and Saturday.

The Health Protection Service treats the festival as a ”high risk event” for food safety, and regularly sends officers to make sure the festival’s huge range of food stalls comply with health standards.

The breaches found at this year’s multicultural festival were focused on food storage, temperature control and hand washing, an ACT Health spokeswoman told The Canberra Times.

Authorities were forced to destroy food from a number of stalls, and immediately resolved a number of hygiene breaches.

Canberra Multicultural Community Forum chairman Sam Wong said he hadn’t heard any concerns from stallholders about the food safety crackdown.

”I only praise the work of the health protection service, and we are happy to work with them and also work with the community to make things right. We are happy to listen to any concerns of any sort from all parts of the festival, not just the food.”