Owner of Vegetarian Restaurant Infested With Roaches Refused to Exterminate Because it Involved 'Killing'
The owner of an award-winning vegetarian restaurant in Australia was been fined $17,000 last week for eight food safety breaches because he refused to fix a cockroach infestation problem because it would have involved "killing little insects." According to a newspaper report, a customer contacted the health department in April 2013 and upon their inspection discovered live and dead cockroaches in the kitchen of Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant which is located in Canberra, Australia. The restaurant's owner, Khanh Hoang, told the health department he had been aware of the cockroach infestation but did not engage in pest control services as it involved “killing little insects." He pleaded guilty to eight offences and appeared for sentencing last Thursday. He admitted to the court his morals conflicted with food safety standards and told the judge he has since hired a pest control company and appointed a food safety supervisor to prevent future incidences from occurring. He admitted to the court his morals conflicted with food safety standards.