Corruption claim: a slug, the Police investigation, local & the State Government officials

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This has been around for a while in Victoria & today the Police Commissioner announced a review of what has gone down to date.


Victoria police to probe corruption claims over slug saga that closed catering company

In 2019, I Cook Foods was closed by the City of Greater Dandenong and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) after a series of inspections triggered by the death of a woman with listeria in a hospital the company catered.

It was later shown that the elderly woman did not die directly of listeriosis and that the level of listeria detected in food at the Dandenong South kitchen were within the food standards.

The company was charged with nearly 100 breaches of food safety laws, including the presence of a slug in the kitchen.


The company accused the council of planting the slug and before the case went to court, all charges were dropped.

Ever since, the business has been fighting to clear its name and reputation, but has had to shed 41 jobs and has lost millions of dollars.

Victoria Police has confirmed it has received a letter of complaint from the owner of I Cook Foods, Ian Cook, about the police investigation into the closure of his business.

A Greater Dandenong Council spokesperson today said it remained "extremely confident" any investigation would clear it of any wrongdoing.

Initial police investigation found closure was unlawful
The letter of complaint was prompted by the leaking of Detective Sergeant Penry's briefing note.

Detective Sergeant Penry's initial investigation found the closure notices issued to the business were unlawful and led to the destruction of $700,000 worth of food.

The officer also alleges that laboratory results, that ultimately showed no evidence of listeria at I Cook Foods, were withheld until contracts held by the company became null and void.
 

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A bit of the background on the involvement of the State Government.:
2019-08-01/i-cook-foods-claims-dandenong-council-inspector-planted-slug/11265380


In March, Victoria's chief health officer, Brett Sutton, told ABC Radio Melbourne he had "an obligation for the health and wellbeing of Victorians".

"The signals that were available to me about there being a death, a link to I Cook Foods and an enormous number of vulnerable individuals, I had to act in order to manage that risk," he said.
 

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Listened to a podcast about it the other day (maybe yesterday). Absolutely disgusting what the government & council did if it turns out to be true!
 

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A bit of the background on the involvement of the State Government.:
2019-08-01/i-cook-foods-claims-dandenong-council-inspector-planted-slug/11265380


In March, Victoria's chief health officer, Brett Sutton, told ABC Radio Melbourne he had "an obligation for the health and wellbeing of Victorians".

"The signals that were available to me about there being a death, a link to I Cook Foods and an enormous number of vulnerable individuals, I had to act in order to manage that risk," he said.
Wonder if this is why Sutton's supposedly gone quiet lately?
 

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This looks like costing the council and state government millions of millions, they will settle out of court but his is a disgrace how this as all played out
Can the potential of corrupt action be wiped out by any financial settlement?


What starts as slimy find at a Dandenong meals manufacturer turns into a tangled web of accusations, denials and food safety. Andrew speaks with Ian Cook, the man at the centre of the storm. Like the podcast? Get Andrew Rule features and more at heraldsun.com.au/andrewrule

Heard Andrew Rule on Melbourne radio (3AW) Friday & his most repeated word was 'allegedly', whilst mentioning a few names at Dandenong Council including photoshopped evidence. On the afternoon show with Ms Dunleavy for the technologically minded, perhaps someone can get the interview with Ruler.
Brett Sutton got a mention for his actions.
 

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Can the potential of corrupt action be wiped out by any financial settlement?


What starts as slimy find at a Dandenong meals manufacturer turns into a tangled web of accusations, denials and food safety. Andrew speaks with Ian Cook, the man at the centre of the storm. Like the podcast? Get Andrew Rule features and more at heraldsun.com.au/andrewrule

Heard Andrew Rule on Melbourne radio (3AW) Friday & his most repeated word was 'allegedly', whilst mentioning a few names at Dandenong Council including photoshopped evidence. On the afternoon show with Ms Dunleavy for the technologically minded, perhaps someone can get the interview with Ruler.
Brett Sutton got a mention for his actions.
IBAC would have to be involved already im tipping, the way Rule is talking its all done and dusted and they are paying out $$$$
 

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This amongst other things is why we need an Independant anti corruption body in this state.
IBAC.

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the (Dandenong) council had reported the matter to IBAC, which referred it on to the Victorian Ombudsman for review.

"Following that review the Ombudsman has determined that no further investigation is warranted."
 

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What are they covering up?

You realise that Dandenong Council had/has part ownership of its own catering business in direct competition with I Cook Foods to contract supply meals to hospitals / aged care etc???

"But documents reveal that council officers knew within days of the closure that levels of listeria found at the factory were within the range considered safe by the regulator.
Despite that, the factory was kept closed for a month. By the time it was allowed to reopen, I Cook Foods was already out of business — having lost all its clients, and leaving 41 staff jobless.
Some of those clients transferred their contracts to another catering company, Community Chef, which is partly owned by the City of Greater Dandenong.
Community Chef is a social enterprise owned by a group of Victorian councils. It has struggled to turn a profit, with the State Government providing $3.2 million in loans since 2011."

I think the term I'm looking for is "corrupt as fu**."

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IBAC.

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the (Dandenong) council had reported the matter to IBAC, which referred it on to the Victorian Ombudsman for review.

"Following that review the Ombudsman has determined that no further investigation is warranted."
A few years ago I was assaulted by two PSOs. I raised a complaint to IBAC. They said they wouldn't do anything and referred it to the police to investigate (fox in charge of the hen house).

It seems IBAC is the most feckless department in the state.
 

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A few years ago I was assaulted by two PSOs. I raised a complaint to IBAC. They said they wouldn't do anything and referred it to the police to investigate (fox in charge of the hen house).

It seems IBAC is the most feckless department in the state.
IBAC look at corruption ? They dont do parking tickets either.
 

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