Report evaluates Queensland's performance in food safety regulation
Detailed information on enforcement activities for licensed food businesses across 78 Queensland local governments has been released online today.
Health Protection Unit Executive Director Sophie Dwyer said the new Report on local government activities 2013-2014 – Food Act 2006 included information specific to individual local governments for the first time.
"During the 2013-14 reporting period there were 27,461 licenced food businesses in Queensland," Ms Dwyer said.
"Ninety per cent of licenced food businesses in Queensland were inspected at least once during this time.
"The number of food businesses that were prosecuted increased by 28 per cent since 2012-13, while the number of improvement notices issued increased by 31 per cent.
"Four local governments undertook prosecutions, which are usually initiated if there is a significant threat to human health and safety."
Ms Dwyer said it was encouraging to see a 30 per cent increase in the number of scheduled inspections of licenced food businesses since the 2012-2013 period.
"Local government are responsible for inspecting licenced food businesses, assessing areas such as hygiene, temperature control, pest control, structural requirements and having adequate facilities," she said.
"Five per cent of inspections were in response to local government receiving a complaint from the public regarding unsafe practices or concerns about food safety.
"A total of 3344 complaints were received across Queensland, with 77 per cent of these within the Brisbane and Moreton region."
The Department of Health provides local governments with a notice under the Food Act 2006 requesting information on food business activities every year.
The full report can be viewed online.