Broadbeach cafe pleads guilty to unsafe food practices after 22 people hospitalised with food poisoning

Friday 19 August, 2016 | By: Default Admin | Tags: training, directors liability

Popular Broadbeach cafe Grocer and Grind has been fined $70,000 for failing to handle food correctly. 

Twenty-two people were hospitalised after a salmonella outbreak in March last year.

Bella Vue, who owns the cafe, were fined $70,000 for the breach.

Director Talitha March was fined $7,000 for failing to ensure safe good practices were in place.

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A salmonella outbreak left 22 people so sick they were hospitalised after eating at a Broadbeach cafe, a court has been told.

A further eight people tested positive to salmonella poisoning and 14 reported being ill after eating at Grocer and Grind in March last year.

The cafe’s owner Bella Vue and director Talitha March pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court to unsafe food practices.

Health inspectors traced the source to the bug to hollandaise sauce used in eggs benedict.

Those admitted to hospital were looked after in a ward specifically opened to deal with the food poisoning.

Queensland Health prosecutor Amanda Meisenhelter said the outbreak had spread so far that testing at the cafe after the outbreak found the same strain of salmonella in guacamole, water taps and tea towels in the kitchen.

Salmonella was spread by the cafe failing to properly handle eggs and heat treating the sauce.

Defence barrister James McNab said Ms March had since taken a number of steps to ensure against another outbreak.

He said after the outbreak the kitchen was closed for two weeks while all food was thrown out, utensils disposed of and a thorough stem clean was done.

Magistrate Catherine Pirie set aside her decision until this afternoon.

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