A Brisbane outlet of Australian fast-food joint Red Rooster has been fined $50,000 after pleading guilty to food standards breaches based on 2009 inspections – the third such conviction for the store.
Prosecutor Luke Godfrey said, "It’s clear there is a large degree of non-compliance particularly regarding cleanliness.”
But defense counsel Richard Perry said none of the matters before the court were likely to lead to the contamination of food.
He added that since the time of these offences in 2009, Red Rooster’s Moorooka store had gained a four-star rating from Brisbane City Council for food standards.
Chief Magistrate Brendan Butler accepted some charges seemed less serious than others, and that there was a significant improvement in the cleanliness of the store between council’s two inspections.
"However the extent of uncleanliness on the first occasion can’t be trivialized," he said.