10 Irish food businesses were served with closure orders in July
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Ten closure orders and one improvement order were served on Irish food businesses during July, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The enforcement orders were issued for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 by environmental health officers in the HSE.
Seven closure orders were served under the European Union regulations on:
- Spar (Closed Area: Deli Counter), Duff House, 13-15 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 3 (issued on 23/07/2021)
- The King Pig Food Stall, 108 Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 8 (issued on 17/07/2021 and lifted on 27/07/2021)
- Monto’s Restaurant, Main Street, Kilmessan, Co. Meath (issued on 12/07/2021 and lifted on 19/07/2021)
- Riverside Café, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan (issued on 09/07/2021)
- Eskimo Pizza and Lam’s, 31 Deansgrange Road, Deansgrange, Co. Dublin (issued on 09/07/2021 and lifted on 14/07/2021 )
- Fredis Pizzeria, 58 Dublin Street, Monaghan (issued on 02/07/2021 and lifted on 08/07/2021)
- Fredis Takeaway, 3 West Street, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan (issued on 02/07/2021 and lifted on 19/07/2021)
Three closure orders were also served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Universal Food Store Limited (Closed Area: Butcher counter including coldroom) (butchershop), Unit 5, Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois (issued on 23/07/2021 and lifted on 26/07/2021)
- The Burren Atlantic Hotel (Closed Area: Kitchen), Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare (issued on 23/07/2021)
- Joud World Food (retailer), 13 O’Connell Street, Waterford (issued on 13/07/2021 and lifted on 23/07/2021)
Meanwhile, one improvement order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Rico’s, 26 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2 (issued on 23/07/2021 with a date for compliance of 03/09/2021)
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 regulations, closure orders are served where there is a non-compliance with food legislation.
Among the reasons for the enforcement orders in July were rodent droppings being found in food storage areas, open bins being filled with meat and surrounded by flies, food debris and grease being identified on equipment and surfaces, aprons being caked with blood and dirt, flies being observed on a sandwich preparation board, wet and dirty clothes being strewn around a kitchen and internal fridges being caked in food grime.
"No traceability information available to verify where food had originated and inadequate pest control," were other reasons listed.
FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne has expressed particular concern over the large number of enforcement orders in July.
“It is essential for food businesses to understand the importance of food safety and encourage good food safety practices among their staff, particularly through ongoing staff training," she said in a statement.
"Closure orders are not served for minor breaches. It is clear that some food businesses are not complying with the law and are potentially putting their customers’ health at serious risk."
Details of the food businesses served with enforcement orders can be found on the FSAI’s website.