Adelaide Hills Council has initiated court action against the award winning Stirling Hotel over dozens of food safety breaches.

As reported by 7 News Adelaide, the hotel – which took out the awards for Best Overall Hotel and Best Metropolitan Restaurant at this year’s annual Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence – is in court over 55 counts of failing to comply with the requirements of the food standards code. Thirty-one counts allegedly occurred on 11 March, with the remaining 24 on 17 June, 2015.

The hotel has since released a statement expressing that management was surprised to learn about the matter.

“The Sterling Hotel takes food safety very seriously, and as our customers know, it is central to everything we do in running our business,” the statement reads. “We are surprised by the matters raised and are seeking to clarify the nature of the matters with Adelaide Hills Council. We intend to vigorously contest the charges.”

The case has been adjourned until next month.


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