Friday, 19 September 2008

Of strange storage and tuna fish...

Imagine the shock of an unsuspecting patron eating at his favourite restaurant in the Fijian capital of Suva when he found slabs of tuna fish strewn across the floor of the outlet’s restroom!

The man’s friend captured the sight on camera and then circulated it widely through email.

It seems that the restaurant had been in the habit of using the restroom as cold storage for tuna fish.

Since the discovery, the Consumer Council of Fiji (CCF) has been inundated with calls from alarmed consumers curious as to what the Suva City Council (SCC) has done to the offending restaurant.

CCF wants the investigation to be made public “to allay concerns of consumer” as the restaurant continues to engage in business.

Premila Kumar, CCF’s Chief Executive Officer, said “Consumers should be informed of what action, if any, has been taken by Suva municipal authorities against the restaurant owner for breaching the Public Health Act”.

Last month CCF initiated a campaign on restaurant hygiene aimed at educating the public and involving stakeholders in addressing food safety in restaurants.

The campaign also aims to get consumers to be more critical of restaurants to maintain high hygiene and safety standards.

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