Who’s to blame? Australian restaurant fined $13,000 after health inspectors find “pet meat” being processed in kitchen

Akshay Pai of Meaww writes that an Indian restaurant in Perth, Australia, has been fined $13,000 by health inspectors after they found ‘pet meat’ in its kitchen premises.

The Department of Health published a notice online, stating that Kopikaran Krishnasamy and Kalaiamutham Pty Ltd, trading as Cafe Marica was guilty of breaching food regulations this past February.

According to the Daily Mail, when the City of Gosnells food safety inspectors visited the restaurant, located in Perth’s southern suburb of Canning Vale, they found 15 kilos of mutton marked ‘Pet Meat – Not Fit For Human Consumption’ opened and being processed in the kitchen.

Cafe Marica was handed down a hefty fine for failing to comply with food safety regulations —  $12,000 for court costs and an additional $1382.30 in costs for failing to prevent pet meat being handled in premises where food was sold. However, it is unclear whether any of the pet meat was served to a customer in the restaurant. Speaking about the case, City of Gosnells chief executive officer Ian Cowie said, “The breach related to the fact that pet meat was found at premises where food was prepared and sold for human consumption. Some of the meat was being processed by Mr. Krishnasamy, however, the City had no evidence that the pet meat was for consumption by customers.”

In a statement, owner Krishnasamy defended his restaurant and insisted that the mix-up was because of a new supplier. “We believe our mistake was trusting our supplier blindly and going ahead with the purchase back in February 2018,” he wrote on Facebook. “Since then, we have immediately discontinued purchases from the supplier and stepped up our hygiene practices.”

Mislabeled NZ mutton latest China food safety screw-up

Shanghai authorities are testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler that supplies a chain of hot pot restaurants run by US fast food firm Yum Brands, the latest safety scare to taint China’s food industry.

TVNZ reports that acting on a tip, Shanghai food safety inspectors and police raided a wholesale market and found packages labeled “New Zealand mutton” gongura_muttonat one supplier that had no production date or list of ingredients, according to a report on the website of the municipal food safety committee.

Invoices indicated that some of the meat had already been sold to several restaurants, including outlets of Yum-owned Little Sheep, the website said. The meat was being tested and results would be available in about a week, the report added.

The mislabeled meat crackdown follows media reports last week that police had busted a crime ring that had passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton

Food fraud: mutton isn’t lamb: abattoir convicted of large-scale lamb substitution

I was never a fan of lamb. But, different geography means embracing different cuisines, so I’ve gotten reasonably good at preparing lamb in Australia.

This puts me in good with faux Frenchy Amy, who loves lamb. So after the floods, power outages and cyclone remnants, there were some lamb.crust.febbargains to be had at the shops. I got a rack roast of lamb, and will be preparing a duck for Super Bowl lunch on Monday (do the time math).

The lamb we had tonight was marinated in a slop of lime, garlic, olive oil, pepper, and fresh mint and rosemary from my concrete back yard, roasted with tomatoes, squash and onion to a thermometer-verified temperature of 155F that rose to 160F (Amy doesn’t like it too undercooked).

I think it was lamb.

The New South Wales Food Authority reports today that following a lengthy and contested hearing, Tolsat Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $66,000 on December 19, 2012, in the NSW Chief Industrial Magistrates Court for large scale lamb substitution.

NSW Food Authority CEO, Polly Bennett welcomed the outcome of the court case for the message it sends about lamb substitution.

“Consumers rightly expect meat labels to be correct and not a substituted product,” Ms Bennett said.

“Tolsat was prosecuted for lamb substitution offences and non-compliance with the law over a period between early October 2007 and mid-January 2008. Meat substitution laws are in place in NSW for a reason; flouting them also puts other businesses at a disadvantage for doing the right thing.

“Lamb is a premium commodity and one of the most recognized brands in Australia. Consumers have a right to get what they pay for. That is why there are laws in place to distinguish young lamb meat, which is more expensive, from older hogget or mutton”

Ms Bennett said the Tolsat investigation stemmed from a state-wide audit of lamb identification procedures in 2008 in conjunction with complaints from industry and a Federal Senate inquiry into meat marketing at that time.

“During an audit of Tolsat’s operations, a NSW Food Authority inspector specifically looked at the branding of carcasses. The officer noticed problems with the dentition checks the abattoir was conducting when it classified carcasses as lamb. This prompted further investigation by the Authority.”