The Mercury ; EMMA HOPE | May 04, 2012
Rachel Hutchinson of West Hobart with Lansdowne Cafe owner Kurt Collins, her dog Billy and sons Louis 4 and Winston 2
DOGS may soon be able to lap puppacinos alongside their owners, with a proposal to allow pet dogs in outdoor areas of Tasmanian eateries.
Regulations restrict the presence of live animals, including dogs, in areas where food is handled.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has invited submissions on whether to allow dogs in outdoor areas of eating establishments.
FSANZ executive officer, Steve McCutcheon said the current Food Standards Code was inconsistent.
“A number of jurisdictions, including New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, have specifically regulated to allow pet dogs in outdoor dining areas, resulting in an inconsistent approach across Australia,” Mr McCutcheon said.
“While the proposal aims to provide a consistent approach nationally, businesses will retain the right to have the final say in whether pet dogs are allowed on their premises.
“A FSANZ risk assessment has found that the risk of foodborne transmission of disease from pet dogs in outdoor settings to humans is very low to negligible.”
Many Hobart cafes, particularly in Salamanca and North Hobart, already allow dogs in their alfresco dining areas.
Lansdowne Cafe in West Hobart allows dogs outside, they provide a special tie-up zone, away from the entrance and a bucket of water.
Owner Kurt Collins said dogs were welcome at his cafe.
“During summer we get a lot of people walking their dogs and stopping in, but now it’s a bit colder they tend to leave the dog at home when they come to the cafe,” he said.
Submissions can be made at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au till June 13