Two Nando’s outlets in Perth have been described as ‘critically non-compliant with health standards’ after failing inspections in the last two years.
Nando’s restaurants in Belmont and Northbridge have been fined for hygiene failures by the Department of Health, with an inspector noticing ‘rat activity and extremely high rodent activity’.
The restaurants were accused of having ‘filthy cooking areas, poor cleaning and hygiene’ as well as high instances of pests, according to The West.
A photo from the Northbridge store (below) recently released under Freedom of Information laws reveals dirty floors, solidified grease and fat down the sides of cooking equipment.
Rodent droppings can also be seen on floors and stainless steel benches, as well as mould growing on floor tiles and exhaust vents covered in grease.
After the inspections, Nando’s Australia was fined $20,000 and an additional $1745.50 in costs for ‘failing to maintain cleanliness standards’, using unclean equipment and not eradicating pests.
The fine comes after another Nando’s store in Cloverdale was discovered to have fallen ‘below required standards for cleanliness in 2016.
A photo of the Belmont store (below) taken by a health inspector shows the areas around ovens, grills, fryers and sinks covered in grease and grime, and the inspector’s report said the ‘overall standard of cleaning, including floors, walls and fixtures, must improve’.
Nando’s Australia was fined $20,000 plus $1745.50 costs in February 2017 for the state of their Belmont store.
Tom’s Fresh Meat Market at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre (pictured) was also fined $3000 and a further $1340.50 in costs over lack of cleanliness and the presences of rats and pests
Two Western Australian more outlets – Spearwood and Nedlands – have been convicted of health code breaches on previous occasions.
A Nando’s spokesperson said the food chain was ‘obviously very disappointed with these convictions’ and said the food safety issues were ‘immediately rectified’.
‘In the last 16 months we have implemented and maintained a number of measures to ensure ongoing compliance,’ she said.
This has included the retraining of management and staff so they fully understand our food safety practices and follow the approved Nando’s cleaning and maintenance guidelines and requirements.’
‘We have also increased this focus across our other restaurants to remove likelihood of re-occurrence.’
The spokeswoman said the Northbridge and Belmont Forum restaurants ‘have had a number of subsequent inspections from relevant local council authorities which have all been compliant’.
Four other businesses were fined a combined $43,835 for Food Act convictions including storing potentially hazardous food under temperature control and food labelling offences.