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Popular Melbourne Burger Joint Shut Down For Good

The man who was behind a pop-up burger stand that was opened in Vermont South and Mitcham last year has been convicted for failing to adhere to health and safety standards.

Inspectors found Pontiac Burgers & Wings, which was located next to the Burvale Hotel in May 2018, was using dirty cooking equipment, didn’t store the foods at the correct temperature or prevent contamination.

The stand was also found to be run by staff who were not trained in food safety and hygiene.

The business has now been listed on the State Government convictions register.

Melbourne’s Whitehorse Leader is reporting the pop-up was located in the carpark 397 Burwood Highway, Vermont South, which remains closed on-site.

The property was inspected as an unregistered food premise on May 1, 2018, with the council taking Todd Buzza to Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on November 29 2018, where he and his business were fined a total of $30,000.

Buzza was convicted of “assault(ing), obstruct(ing) or attempt(ing) to obstruct, threaten, abuse, insult, intimidate” an officer acting under the Food Standards Code on May 14 and May 18, and of contravening an order made against the business on May 16 and May 18.

The owner was also fined by the Federal Circuit Court in the same month for exploiting workers at his previous burger outlets, Burger Buzz, located in Brunswick and West Melbourne.

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