Council warns businesses about potential food inspection scam

Published on 09 March 2018

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Byron Shire Council is warning food-related businesses to be aware it is not involved with a person reporting to be selling advertising in a food health and safety journal. 

Council has been informed that a man approached a local business and tried to sell the owner an advertising subscription, claiming he worked closely with the Council.

“When the owner refused, the man became very aggressive and told her he would be reporting her to Council for food safety breaches,” Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt said.

“Business owners should know that Council is not involved with people selling advertising for any publication and especially not a ‘food health and safety journal’.

“Furthermore, no one has involvement with Council’s inspection regime for food shops such as restaurants, cafes and food and drink outlets, other than Byron Shire Council’s Environmental Health Officers,” Ms Burt said.

“Staff who do inspect businesses will always have appropriate identification,” she said.

If any business owners are approached by a person selling advertising for a publication and claiming to be able to influence Council they get their details and contact the NSW Department of Fair Trading on 13 32 20 and Byron Shire Council on 6626 7000.

For more information contact Annie Lewis on 6626 7320.