Takeaway fined $1200 for changing food grading certificate

Tui Takeaway and Chinese food in Maunu have been fined $1200 for failing to display a current food grading certificate and changing their certificate from a D to a B. The D grade was initially issued following serious food hygiene concerns. Upon reinspection, it was found that the owner had placed a B grade over top of the D grade.

The food grading certificates are put in place to regulate the standards that are required for eligible food businesses. A, for excellence, is the top grade and it goes down to D, for poor. It is required by law that food businesses display their current grading at the entrance to their premises or somewhere visible.

In this case, it was clear that the operators were trying to mislead customers by changing and then not displaying their food grading.