The owner of an Auckland bakery has been sentenced for
breaching standards by having a "severe cockroach
infestation" in her premises.
You Sim Be, who operates The Mekong Hot Bread Shop in
Henderson, was fined $600 and ordered to pay court costs of
more than $130 when she appeared at Waitakere District Court
A charge against co-defendant Kong Hour was withdrawn.
Be had earlier pleaded guilty to a single charge of being the
owner of a shop providing food that breached standards by
having a severe cockroach infestation. The charge was laid by
Outside court yesterday Be said she had been complacent about
cleaning under the fridge, where the roaches were found and
was relieved the case was over.
She said cleaning under the fridge had become a priority.
"Nothing is wrong with the shop right now. We do more
cleaning every day now."
The infestation was discovered when council inspectors made a
spot check of the Bruce McLaren Rd business in July.
Be said the bakery was shut down for one-and-a-half days
before the council gave the all-clear that the insects had
The council immediately dropped the business' hygiene grading
to E, the lowest possible.
Yesterday the council website showed the shop had a B
grading, meaning it meets the "minimum statutory
A council spokesman said premises graded E were closed down
immediately until the reasons for the rating were fixed.
Officials would consider prosecution, depending on the
circumstances and registration could be withdrawn if the
prosecution was successful.
A search of the council website yesterday revealed just 21
outlets of hundreds across the region had the lowest grades
possible - E, or D in the area formerly run by North Shore
City Council which used a different system.
The council spokesman said people with concerns about food
outlet hygiene could contact them on (09) 301 0101.