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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Consumer group pushing for the dirt on kitchens

The campaign for access to information about food hygiene standards, led notably by Matthew Moore of the Sydney Morning Herald through use of the Freedom of Information Act over the last 18 months or so, has had a kick along with Choice, the consumer organisation, now listing this as one of its current campaigns. Choice says that contaminated food from commercial outlets may have been responsible for 65% of reported food poisoning outbreaks in Australia last year.

Choice has done a survey of the states and territories and there are a few signs of movement in South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory. The NSW notification of convictions website still doesn't tell much. As reported by Moore earlier in the week, announced plans to provide a database of penalty notices issued, didn't feature in amendments to the Food Act passed by Parliament recently.

Our approach lags way behind the US, the UK, Canada.........

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