Top franchises and well-known restaurants were among the eateries slapped with a whopping total of $600,000 in fines for dodgy hygiene and health practices during the 2013-14 financial year.
The revelations follow the DM jazz cafe being fined $25,000 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this week after a customer found a live cockroach in the chicken and mushroom risotto.
Food safety inspectors slapped more than 30 restaurants and cafes with fines as part of the city council’s EatSafe program in a bid to clean up the industry.
Franchises including Sumo Salad and Shingle Inn, as well as popular restaurants such as the Landmark Restaurant at Sunnybank and Beach House Bar and Grill in the CBD were among those punished for breaches.
Landmark Restaurant manager Henry Leung said its $25,000 fine for uncovered and improperly stored food occurred two years ago on a busy Saturday night, but they since had cleaned up their act and passed three more inspections.
The Beach House was fined $30,000 in December after rat droppings were found in the deep fryer, as well as accumulated grease on the floor and wall surfaces in the kitchen.
The Gap Tavern, owned by the ALH Group, was fined $28,000 for cleanliness issues including having live cockroaches in November 2013.
ALH Group spokesman said the organisation took food safety very seriously and had already taken steps to address the issues raised by the council.
Brisbane Lifestyle Chairman Cr Krista Adams said the council made no apologies for carrying out rigorous inspections and they responded to every complaint.
“People can be more confident than ever with 91.5 per cent of Brisbane restaurants now ‘stepping up to the plate’ with a rating of three stars or above,” she said.
“This transparent approach to auditing along with the financial impost on businesses, act as an effective significant deterrent to reoffend, and so we see businesses really clean up their act.”
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