Three Irish food businesses were served with closure orders in June
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Three food businesses in Ireland were served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation during the month of June, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The affected businesses were located in Dublin, Limerick and Tipperary.
The food businesses were issued with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EU (Official Control in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020.
One Closure Order was served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:
- Golden Asian Street Food and Gala Deli at Gala Shanagolden, Main Street, Shanagolden, Limerick (issued on 01/06/2021 and lifted on 04/06/2021).
Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- DFC Take-Away, 82B Dorset Street Lower, Dublin 1 (issued on 18/06/2021 and lifted on 01/07/2021).
- Saffron Indian Cuisine, Wesley Square, Main Street, Cashel, Tipperary (issued on 10/06/2021 and lifted on 11/06/2021).
Under the FSAI Act, 1998, a Closure Order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises; or where an Improvement Order is not complied with. Closure Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.
Under the EU (Official Control in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020, Closure Orders and Prohibition Orders are served where there is a non-compliance with food legislation.
Among the reasons stated for the Closure Orders were rodent droppings found on the premises, an infestation of cockroaches with evidence of live and dead cockroaches and insects found on a chill display unit, while live flies were also observed flying from an open waste bin to an open container of cooked rice stored under a sink used to prepare raw meat.
Other reasons listed a kitchen premises not being clean enough and accumulations of grease, food debris and live ants.
"During the month of June, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation," Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said.
"It is not acceptable to see that some food businesses are failing to operate stringent food safety practices to ensure the food they are producing and selling to their customers is safe to eat.
"This behaviour demonstrates a reckless attitude to food safety and a total disregard for the health of their customers."