Domino’s tops name and shame list

Almost one in five Domino’s Pizza stores in NSW have been slapped with fines for breaching food safety rules since 2008, according to the latest NSW Food Authority report.

Out of the 160 shops across NSW, 31 were given 50 penalty notices worth $37,180 for food infringements, including failure to control pests, using food past its expiry date and using dirty equipment, Fairfax Media reported.

The news come as the NSW Food Authority released its first full report, naming and shaming restaurants, cafes, and fast food chains across NSW.

Data from the Authority found more than 3500 of the 36,000 inspected eateries failed hygiene inspection tests, being fined food safety breaches such as preparing meals with dirty equipment or in unsanitary preparation areas, and lack of hand-washing facilities.

Other well known brands featured on the list include KFC, who had the second largest number of breaches for a fast food chain after Domino’s with 40 fines among 24 of its stores, Pizza Hut received 35 across 20 shops, and McDonald’s was slapped with 30 fines throughout 19 of its restaurants.

A spokesperson from Domino’s Pizza said all penalised stores, which had to pay a total of $37,180 in fines, were still trading but the majority of them had been sold to better operators.

“Since 2011, we have brought our audit system back in and introduced the breach and termination of sub-franchise agreement policy for non-compliance,” the spokesperson said.

”The system is designed to manage out poor performers.”

Red Rooster and Nando’s rounded out the six brands with the highest number of penalty notices in the past five years.

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