Inspectors found cockroaches in the microwave and freezer at a sushi bar in Brighton, Melbourne, as well as mouldy, grimy surfaces and toxic pest control products near the soy sauce, leading to a $40,000 fine.
Owner Sarah Nguyen, 36, pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges for substandard practices at her sushi bar after it was raided following a customer complaint.
Council officers found unrefrigerated chicken, dirty conditions and sushi stored above regulated temperatures.
They cited 11 non-compliant inspections at the premises over 11 months, according to Nine News.
The Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court heard that Ms Nguyen kept the eatery in appalling conditions which posed a ‘public safety risk’.
As the sole proprietor, Nguyen will be footing the entire bill.