It’s the list absolutely no self-respecting Brisbane restaurateur wants to be on — Brisbane City Council’s annual round-up of restaurants prosecuted for breaching the Food Act.

The Myer Centre’s Indian Odyssey received the dubious honour of topping the list, racking up a casual $34,000 in fines for 16 breaches prosecuted in 2014.

Little Lily in Kelvin Grove was next — the venue was fined $32,000 for 29 offences prosecuted in 2014.

They were hardly alone, though.

“In 2014 Council had carried out 6220 mandatory inspections and responded to 1047 food safety complaints with inspections,” Cr Krista Adams says.

“Council’s Eat Safe program uses an extensive checklist of 44 assessment measures to determine compliance with the Food Act 2006 and the Food Standards Code.

“Council’s 33 full-time Environmental Officers conduct mandatory inspections and are quick to respond to every complaint and take appropriate enforcement action.”

Cr Adams says Eat Safe makes it crystal clear to offending businesses exactly what area they have breached.

“Food safety is a very serious issue, which is why we issue improvement notices or fines to businesses with minor offences, and throw the book at businesses with major offences by suspending food business licences, prosecuting or cancelling food licences.

“In 2014, Council suspended 38 food licences and prosecuted 21 businesses, resulting in $435,800 in fines and 15 cancelled food licences.

“Additionally, Council issued 501 improvement notices to 0 or 2 star businesses and 371 infringements to businesses for Food Act 2006 offences.”

Brisbane restaurants prosecuted in 2014, according to Brisbane City Council

Mandarin Pacific Restaurant (Parkinson) — Food storage, Food processing, Cleanliness ($15,000 in fines)

Little Lily Restaurant (Kelvin Grove) — Skills and knowledge, Food storage, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests, Contravention of condition of licence, Failure to comply with an improvement notice ($32,500 in fines)

Ceylon Inn (Kenmore) — Food storage, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests, Failure to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($14,600 in fines)

Red Hut Asian Delight (Coopers Plains) — Cleanliness, Maintenance, Failing to comply with an improvement notice ($11,000 in fines)

Brumby’s Bakery & Michel’s Patisserie (Fortitude Valley) — Cleanliness, Animals and pests, Current licence not displayed, Failing to notify Council of food safety supervisor ($12,000 in fines)

Hanaichi (Upper Mt Gravatt) — Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests ($17,500 in fines)

Kadoya Sushi Bar (Brisbane City) — Food storage, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests, Ventilation, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($25,000 in fines)

Civic Centre Hot Bread Inala (Inala) — Skills and knowledge, Food receipt, Food storage, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Single use items, Animals and pests ($25,000 in fines)

Shingle Inn (Shop 3 and 4, 259 Queen Street, Brisbane City) — Cleanliness, Maintenance, Single use items, Animals and pests, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($28,000 in fines)

Red Crane (Carindale) — Sale of unsuitable food, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($14,500 in fines)

Juxin Dragon Inn Chinese Restaurant (Fortitude Valley) — Skills and knowledge, Food storage, Food processing, Hygiene of food handlers – duties of food businesses, Cleanliness, Cleaning and sanitising of specific equipment, Maintenance, Single use items, Animals and pests, Sale of unsuitable food, Failing to display the food business licence in a prominent position and failing to nominate a Food Safety Supervisor ($26,500 in fines)

Sitar Indian Restaurant (Albion) — Food processing, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Single use items, Animals and pests ($20,000 in fines)

Brumby’s Bakery (Everton Park) — Skills and knowledge, Food storage, Hygiene of food handlers – duties of food businesses, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Single use items, Animals and pests, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($20,000 in fines)

DM Restaurant Cafe & Jazz Bar (South Brisbane) — Food storage, Hygiene of food handlers – duties of food businesses, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests, Selling food that was unsuitable, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($25,500 in fines). [DM Restaurant shut down last August.]

Sushi Nikkou (Upper Mt Gravatt) — Handling food that was unsafe, Failing to comply with an Improvement Notice, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($30,000 in fines)

Indian Odyssey (Brisbane City) — Food storage, Food processing, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Single use items, Animals and pests, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($34,000 in fines)**

Fasta Pasta (Aspley) — Cleanliness, Cleaning and sanitising of specific equipment, Maintenance, Animals and pests ($14,000 in fines)

Angelo’s Fresh Pasta Products (Fortitude Valley) — Food storage, Food packaging, Hygiene of food handlers – duties of food business, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests ($7,500 in fines)

Suncrop Chinese Restaurant (Sunnybank) — Food storage, Cleanliness, Animals and pests, Failing to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act ($24,200 in fines)

Mecca Bah (Fortitude Valley) — Food storage, Cleanliness, Maintenance, Animals and pests ($24,000 in fines)*

*UPDATE: Mecca Bah in Fortitude Valley, named by the Council as a Brisbane restaurant prosecuted in 2014, has taken to social media to dispute the report. They claim the matter referred to by the Council took place in 2012-13, and was dealt with immediately. They have since changed front and back of house management and have undertaken a Principal Auditor, Garry Murray, to perform monthly independent site audits. Their last Brisbane City Council Food Inspection was compliant with the Food Act 2006. They do note, however, that the matter referred to by the Council was settled in court in 2014 — hence their inclusion on a list of restaurants prosecuted in 2014.

**UPDATE: The Myer Centre advises that issues in relation to the Indian Odyssey restaurant were identified and dealt with back in 2012. Indian Odyssey was recently given a 4 (out of 5) star rating by the Brisbane City Council Eat Safe Program.

UPDATE: The list provided by Brisbane City Council included a restaurant identified as ‘Fantasia (Brisbane)’. There are nine FantAsia restaurants in Brisbane, and only one of them was subject to court action by the BCC. Though the matter was prosecuted in court on 14 August 2014, the breaches in the restaurant occurred and were dealt with in 2012; the breaches were rectified immediately after the BCC’s inspection; and the breaches never posed any risk to public health and safety.