Dead and live crawling insects and a live rat lead to closure orders for eight Irish food businesses in September 1 month ago

Dead and live crawling insects and a live rat lead to closure orders for eight Irish food businesses in September

Some nasty scenes here.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have released the full details of food closures around Ireland for the month of September, with eight businesses served closure orders and one business served a prohibition order last month.

Amongst the reasons for the enforcement orders include: "Dead and live crawling insects found on the premises" and "a live rat emanating from the drain when the tap at the kitchen sink was switched on".

"Foods stored in dirty containers with accumulations of old food debris and dirt" was also cited as a reason for the issuing of the enforcement orders last month.

Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Echemas Trading Store (retailer), 11 Upper Gerald Griffin Street, Limerick
  • Khyber Garden (restaurant), 11 Market Street, Kells, Meath

Six Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Oldcourt East Bakery, 1 Main Street, Castlelyons, Cork
  • Bengal Indian Foodstall, Trading at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary
  • Kings (takeaway), Unit 8, Bayside Shopping Centre, Bayside, Sutton, Dublin 13
  • Super Ketones (retailer), 76 Prospect Hill, Galway
  • Mint Leaf (restaurant), 157 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  • Baby Pure Water Limited (packaged water), Ardbraccan, Navan, Meath

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Baby Pure Water Limited (packaged water), Ardbraccan, Navan, Meath

Discussing the news, Dr. Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, emphasised that food businesses owners must ensure that training their staff in food safety and hygiene is their highest priority.

"It is very concerning to see that the reasons for Closure Orders this month were mainly due to filthy conditions and unhygienic practices," said Byrne.

"It is essential that food businesses have a strong food safety and hygiene culture in their business, which can be achieved through ongoing training of all members of their team. Failure to recognise the importance of food safety in a food business reflects poorly not only on that business, but also on the entire food industry.”