World's biggest macadamia producer Saratoga Holdings fined $400k over safety breaches

Brandon Long
By Brandon Long
January 8 2022 - 5:00am
Saratoga Holdings founder Phil Zadro.

The world's single largest macadamia producer, Saratoga Holdings Pty Ltd, has been fined $410,000 for multiple safety breaches.

The company was sentenced in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Wednesday for three offences of failing to comply with a health and safety duty and one offence of failing in the duty to notify of notifiable incidents.

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"The offences for which the company was sentenced involved injuries to a number of persons on a number of occasions," an Office of Industrial Relations spokesperson said.

Further details of the offending, including the materialisation of any risks and resulting injuries, will be released soon.

It follows a December court hearing where the company pleaded guilty to the charges and was convicted.

Saratoga Holdings, founded by Phil Zadro, has orchards from northern NSW to Central Queensland and South Africa.

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In 1983, Mr Zadro built a macadamia processing factory in Lismore, NSW, and formed a new company of growers, naming it MPC (Macadamia Processing Company), now known as Marquis Macadamias.

Phil and Peter Zadro are listed as directors of Marquis.

Saratoga Holdings has been contacted for comment.

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Brandon Long

Brandon Long

Queensland Country Life journalist

Brandon Long is a Queensland Country Life journalist based in Toowoomba.

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