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13th Jun 2024

Beloved Dublin pizza spot given closure order after ‘dead insects’ found on floor

Simon Kelly

Dublin pizza closure order

There was a big reduction in closure orders for May, however.

A popular Dublin pizza restaurant was forced to temporarily close after an inspection found dead insects on its floors.

The FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) issued a closure order to Dublin Pizza Company on Aungier Street in Dublin City last month after it was found in violation of a number of food safety regulations.

According to the report, “there were accumulations of old food debris, dirt, cobwebs and dead insects noted on floors beneath
and behind equipment and at wall/floor junctions throughout the preparation room and shop.”

The closure order was ordered on May 29 and subsequently lifted on May 31.

Beloved Dublin pizza spot given closure order after ‘dead insects’ found on floor

The restaurant was also found to have dead insects, cobwebs and dirt noted on its window sills, walls and shelving in the preparation
room.

Other areas of the restaurant were also found to be in an “unhygienic condition”.

All evidence of non-compliance had been noted on previous occasions by the FSAI.

For the month of May, there were a total of six Closure Orders served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020, including Dublin Pizza Company.

The other restaurants were Johnson Best Food African Take Away in Summerhill, Mizzonis Pizza in Glasnevin, and D1 Cafe and Bakery on Dorset Street – all in Dublin.

There were also two Closure Orders served in Cork under the FSAI Act 1998, including Istanbul Bite in Youghal and Applegreen in Cobh.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, noted that there has been over a 50% decrease in closure orders last month.

“However, the fact remains that food safety is not an optional luxury when operating a food business. It is a legal requirement in food law to protect the health of consumers.

“By neglecting to uphold basic food safety and hygiene standards, a business not only jeopardises the health of its customers, but also risks damaging its own reputation as a trustworthy food business.

She continued: “The food industry must continue to improve its adherence to food safety legislation to ensure consumers’ health is protected.”

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