CQ patrons happy to Sizzle on

PEOPLE were still eating at Rockhampton's Sizzler restaurant yesterday despite a nationwide poison scare on Tuesday.

The restaurant's staff yesterday informed The Morning Bulletin they were not allowed to comment on the matter, which resulted in the closure of Sizzler's salad bars across the nation, and how it was affecting their business.

However, customers were still seen entering and eating at the establishment last night.

Rat poison pellets were found in the salad bars (counters of self-serve food) of Sizzler outlets at Toowong on Friday, January 20, and the Brisbane CBD Myer Centre outlet last Saturday.

Rockhampton Sizzler was shut from 4.30pm to 5.45pm on Tuesday while they closed down their salad bar.

This took away the "all you can eat'' option, the most popular order at the restaurant.

Health Minister Stephen Robertson said he was convening urgent talks with food industry leaders and government authorities over the reporting delay.

While Sizzler did shut down its salad bars, the January incident was only reported on Monday.

Bo Ryan, managing director of Sizzler Australasia, yesterday rejected any suggestions of an attempted cover-up.

A woman has been arrested in Brisbane in relation to the incidents and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

She has been charged with two counts of contamination of goods and four counts of an act intending to cause grievous bodily harm.

The Brisbane woman was the one police had appealed to come forward.

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