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ACT plan to introduce tough food safety laws

ACT Health has also revealed its plan to introduce the toughest food safety laws in Australia, and will urge cabinet to force all businesses to appoint trained food safety supervisors.

Following ‘The Canberra Times' campaign to highlight the lack of transparency that prevents dangerously unhygienic restaurants from being names and shamed. Health inspectors are cracking down on Canberra's Asian restaurants and food outlets after discovering they are to blame for most of the industry's hygiene breaches.

John Woollard, Health Protection Services Director said an administrative oversight had hidden the scope of the problem. His team had issued twice as many warnings, 63, and had been forced to shut down 11 dangerously unsafe businesses in 2009 and 2011. He also revealed health inspectors had already issued nine prohibition orders in just 2 months this year, seven of which were against Asian food businesses.

Health Minister Katy Gallagher announced last month she would introduce legislation to ''name and shame'' food safety offenders, in line with NSW law.

To read article and readers comments Canberra Times, March 18, 2011

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