Suspended or cancelled licenceFor serious offences, food business licences may be suspended or cancelled. This effectively closes your food business and prevents further trading.
Significant finesFines (penalty notices) may be issued for each offence committed. These often run into tens of thousands of dollars.
ProsecutionFor serious breaches of legislation, QLD Health may prosecute proprietors, managers and/or individual company directors.
Added to a 'Name & Shame' listCertain QLD councils publish a 'Name & Shame' list every year, with details of food businesses that have breached food safety legislation.
Prohibition or seizure ordersWhen public health is at risk, your business may be forbidden to handle food and you may have food seized from your premises and destroyed.
Brand & reputation damageIf a serious food safety incident occurs and is widely reported in the media, your business could struggle to recover its reputation.