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No prosecutions despite complaints

Thursday, 2nd January, 2014

City Council undertook 149 inspections at food outlets throughout the city over 12 months.

Council received 13 complaints about food outlets in 2012/2013, but Building & Environmental Health Manager Geoff Laan said no one was prosecuted.

A health officer attended each venue to see if the complaint could be validated.

“Of the 13 food complaints, two were food handling, three suspected food poisoning, five food premises (general) and three food quality,” Mr Laan said.

Mr Laan said that food poisoning was particularly tricky to investigate and the cases had no proven medical certificate.

“They very, very seldom get proof of food poisoning because it requires vomit or faecal samples,” he said.

“The last thing people want to do is move from the toilet to go to the doctor, so we generally just get people coming to us afterwards saying they were crook.”

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