Over 100 sickened, Chin Chin owners fined over $100K in Australia

Over a year after more than 100 people were sickened with Salmonella after consuming deep fried ice cream batter containing raw eggs, former owners of Chin Chin Chinese restaurant in Springwood, south of Brisbane, have been prosecuted.

raw.egg.ice.creamMr Jing Wen Zheng and Ms Soc Kien Taing last week pleaded guilty, in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court, to three charges each of selling unsafe food to patrons of Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant on 3, 4 and 5 January 2015.

They have been fined $60,000 in total for the offences and ordered to pay $41,914 in total for costs of laboratory analyses and $1,000 in total for professional costs.

Metro South Public Health Unit environmental health manager, Mr Greg Shillig, said the action was the result of numerous complaints of foodborne illnesses following the consumption of food at the premises.

“The sale of this unsafe food caused laboratory-confirmed Salmonellosis in 100 of the 138 individuals who were ill, with the same molecular strain found not only in the food, but also on cleaning cloths, food preparation surfaces and other surfaces throughout the kitchen,” Mr Shillig said.

“This indicated significant cross contamination because of poor handling and hygiene standards.

“This particular outbreak placed a significant cost burden on local hospital emergency departments, including Logan Hospital, which set up a specific treatment ward for patients who dined at the restaurant.”

Mr Shillig said that, in response to this food poisoning outbreak, the Logan City Council cancelled the food business licence for Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant.

At least 80 sick with Salmonella linked to Australia Chinese restaurant

Dozens of southeast Queenslanders have been affected by a suspected salmonella outbreak south of Brisbane.

chin.chin.salm.victims.15Chinese restaurant Chin Chin at Springwood was closed by Logan City Council on Monday after people began presenting to hospitals with food poisoning symptoms.

A representative of Queensland Health said it was believed most of those sick had eaten at the premises on Saturday and Sunday.

About 80 people are understood to have been affected, but final numbers had yet to be calculated.

A Metro South health spokesman said tests were still being carried out and it was too early to confirm what caused the outbreak.

“As of Wednesday afternoon, we’d received nine formal complaints, but they relate to multiple people,” he said.

“Metro South Public Health is investigating, with samples and statements taken from a number of people.”

In a statement, a Logan City Council spokeswoman said they were working with Queensland Health to investigate.

“We have taken steps under the Food Act 2006 to ensure there is no further risk until the outcome of the investigation is known,” she said.

“We also encourage people would like to report any other alleged cases of illness to contact Queensland Health.”

lsPrivacy legislation prevented Metro South and the Logan City Council from confirming the name of the eatery.

However dozens of angry comments were left on an automatically-generated Facebook page for Chin Chin.

“Went here with three friends on Saturday, one of us has been admitted to hospital for food poisoning (around 30 people there from Saturday night alone!). And I’ve been writhing in pain for the last two days,” wrote Benjamin Gunning.

“Absolute disgrace,” wrote Joshua Curtus.

“My partner and I ate there on [Saturday] and we have been in bed sick for 3 days. This place needs a serious clean up… I will never eat there again.”

Julie Holmes and her daughter Tayla are recovering after falling ill over the weekend. They were at the restaurant to celebrate Julie’s birthday.

Eight of the 15 people at Julie Holmes’ birthday dinner on Sunday night fell violently ill.

 A sign on the restaurant’s door yesterday read: “Closed for maintenance until further notice.”

Authorities say the closure order does not necessarily mean the restaurant is to blame for the outbreak because it may have been supplied with contaminated food.

Bullshit. Sourcing food from safe sources is part of a restaurant’s responsibility, along with the usual — and limited — cooking, cleaning, chilling and separating.