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Restaurant Could Face $50,000 Fine For Deconstructed ANZAC Biscuits

A hipster Sydney restaurant could be fined $50,000 for posting a photo of its deconstructed ANZAC biscuits online.

Restaurant Moon, a Darlinghurst-based Thai and European eatery, stirred up controversy when it posted an image of its modern-day spin on the historic biscuit.

The deconstructed dessert appeared to be a representation of the colours of a soldier's uniform, with flakes of green, pink and black.

The restaurant said the dessert was inspired by "the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War".

Source: Restaurant Moon Facebook.

After copping a barrage of criticism on social media, the restaurant deleted the photo from their social media.

One user commented that the recipe was "somewhat reminiscent of over-sized fish food flakes. [But] on the other hand, what’s wrong with creative expression?"

Another person wrote " I can just imagine the original ANZACS: 'Strewth! We're dodging bullets, bayonets and shrapnel, carrying the bodies of our dead mates to the rear, and you lot are quibbling about a recipe?'."

A representative from the restaurant told 10 daily that the dessert was made with good intentions and that they were not aware of the laws surrounding ANZAC biscuits.

"We created that dessert for remembrance and didn't mean to create any issue. We deleted the post and took it off the menu, we're not going to sell it today," a representative said.

In an effort to safeguard ANZAC traditions and prevent companies for profiting off the day of remembrance, those who tamper with the traditional Anzac Day recipe or use the word ANZAC for their own financial gain will be punished with hefty fines.

Under the Crimes Act of 1914, individuals can face $10,200 for serious breaches in relation to the word 'ANZAC'. This includes adding ingredients such as chocolate chips to ANZAC cookies.

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While businesses caught tampering with the traditional ANZAC Day recipe could be fined up to $51,000.

The ANZAC biscuit came to prominence about 100 years ago when soldiers' wives and women's groups sent them to loved ones fighting abroad in World War One.

They were the ultimate treat because the ingredients kept well during naval transportation and didn't spoil.

Before selling a product using the word 'ANZAC', individuals and companies have to apply for a permit from Veterans' Affairs.

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