The Name and Shame Register is a tool used by the New South Wales government to let the public know about food safety breaches in that state.
The New South Wales Food Authority maintains the website and adds businesses to the list when there are breaches, but also removes others once the breaches have been addressed.
It is updated weekly and this week there were 21 businesses added and 24 removed, so this week there is a slight reduction in the total number – which is a good thing, considering that it’s Food Safety Week.
The public is encouraged to check out the website – http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/penalty-notices/default.aspx?template=results&searchname=Added+this+week&inthelast=7#.VkGSZHmhfIU – before going out to find out if the place they are off to is on the Register.
The NSW government are using the idea of public knowledge to address food safety breaches, rather than only placing fines on the businesses. It seems to be effective, because what business wants their dirty laundry made known to everyone!!!!!!