The Japanese Gourmet Kenji Restaurant of 10/1407 Toorak Road, Camberwell, has been found guilty of serious offences against the Food Act of 1984 for the second time in three years.

The City of Boroondara successfully prosecuted the restaurant in a hearing on September 25, 2017 in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court, where both the company and its director were found guilty of twelve charges for offences that occurred on 21 March this year.

These offences related to both the premises and equipment being kept in an unclean and unsanitary state, and unsafe food handling practices that breached the Australian Food Standards Code.

The Court also heard details of Council’s successful prior prosecution against the same parties for similar offences in 2014.

Both the company and the director were fined $20,000 and $5000 respectively, and a conviction was recorded. They were also ordered to pay Council’s legal costs of $4,600.

Cr Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara said the Magistrate’s decision sent a strong message that unsafe food practices would not be tolerated.

“We expect all food traders to adhere to food safety laws and regulations, and putting the health and safety of the community at risk is, quite simply, unacceptable,” he said.

“Council takes these matters extremely seriously, and we will continue to take action against any businesses which fail to meet the food safety standards as required by law.”

The court findings will appear shortly on the Department of Health and Human Services 'Register of Convictions' website, where they will remain for 12 months

Council Environmental Health Officers monitor compliance with food safety standards at all food premises within the City of Boroondara, and will continue to manage ongoing compliance at this venue.

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