Every couple of months Iâ€™ll sit down with a mate and (eagerly) prepare ourselves to be scandalised by seeing which of our local restaurants have made the NSW Food Authorityâ€™s Name and Shame List. It seems like weâ€™re not the only ones doing it!
Just this month, the NSW Food Authority revealed the Name and Shame List had received 7 million hits since it was launched in 2008.
If you havenâ€™t heard of it before, the List publicly names businesses that fail to meet food safety standards. Amongst complaints from diners are pests (13%) and a general lack of hygiene and sanitation (35%).
Put this List on top of the number of review sites used in Australia and restaurateurs have a lot to worry about.
Flies are often waved away as a small problem but the facts are worrying. Flies carry more than 100 pathogens and can spread diseases like E.coli and salmonella, which can have serious and even fatal consequences. A situation like that will not only get a restaurant onto the Name and Shame List, but onto the front page of the paper as well.
Five ways to prevent Irritable Fly Syndrome (IFS)
If thereâ€™s one thing less appetising than a colony of flies invading your lunch, itâ€™s the intoxicating waft of fly spray. Rentokil experts have devised a five-point plan to take on problem flies.
- Empty bins regularly and ensure food is sealed tightly in plastic bags and the bin lid is firmly closed
- Take away customersâ€™ plates and cups as soon as possible and wipe down surfaces regularly
- As well as front-of-house, ensure kitchen worktops, sinks and appliances are kept clean, especially before close
- Regularly disinfect the floor and drains
- Install an electronic insect control unit