Most people I know (including me) will check all the usual review sites like Eatability, Urbanspoon or TripAdvisor before we book a place to eat.
Every couple of months I’ll sit down with a mate and (eagerly) prepare ourselves to be scandalised by seeing which of our local restaurants have made the NSW Food Authority’s Name and Shame List. It seems like we’re not the only ones doing it!
Just this month, the NSW Food Authority revealed the Name and Shame List had received 7 million hits since it was launched in 2008.
If you haven’t heard of it before, the List publicly names businesses that fail to meet food safety standards. Amongst complaints from diners are pests (13%) and a general lack of hygiene and sanitation (35%).
Put this List on top of the number of review sites used in Australia and restaurateurs have a lot to worry about.
Flies are often waved away as a small problem but the facts are worrying. Flies carry more than 100 pathogens and can spread diseases like E.coli and salmonella, which can have serious and even fatal consequences. A situation like that will not only get a restaurant onto the Name and Shame List, but onto the front page of the paper as well.
Five ways to prevent Irritable Fly Syndrome (IFS)
If there’s one thing less appetising than a colony of flies invading your lunch, it’s the intoxicating waft of fly spray. Rentokil experts have devised a five-point plan to take on problem flies.
- Empty bins regularly and ensure food is sealed tightly in plastic bags and the bin lid is firmly closed
- Take away customers’ plates and cups as soon as possible and wipe down surfaces regularly
- As well as front-of-house, ensure kitchen worktops, sinks and appliances are kept clean, especially before close
- Regularly disinfect the floor and drains
- Install an electronic insect control unit