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13th Aug 2019

Eight closure orders were served to Irish food businesses during the month of July

Paul Moore

food closures in June

You may know some of these places.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that eight closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of July for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

One Closure Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Needs Asian Grocery (Butcher Shop), Unit 3 Closh Business Park, Staplestown Road, Carlow

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

  • Okra Green (Restaurant/Café), 1 Island View, Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Govindas Restaurant (Restaurant/Café), 83 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1
  • Fresh Bite (Takeaway), Green Street, Callan, Kilkenny
  • Tang City (Restaurant/Café), Kickham Street, Nenagh, Tipperary
  • Tasty Bites (Takeaway), Main Street, Caherconlish, Limerick
  • Diamond Pizza (Restaurant/Café), 163 Drumcondra Road Lower, Dublin 9
  • China Kitchen (Service sector – Other), Unit 7, Captains Hill, Leixlip, Kildare

Included amongst the reasons for the issuing of the enforcement orders include evidence of a cockroach infestation, temperature and cleaning records being filled out in advance with nonfactual details and evidence of a fly infestation in a kitchen.

Elsewhere, some staff were not adequately trained in food safety procedures and in one food business, inspectors saw a bird flying out of a kitchen through the back door.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI has criticised businesses who are failing to keep accurate records, as well as failing to train staff adequately in food safety procedures.

Dr Byrne said: “It is extremely disturbing that a food business would fill out their records in advance with completely nonfactual information.  This behaviour demonstrates a reckless attitude to food safety and a disregard for the health of their customers. During the month of July, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation.

“It is completely unacceptable that workers in some food businesses are unable to demonstrate adequate food hygiene knowledge and skills. Some food businesses are failing to provide high food safety standards in their premises and among their staff. These failures have the potential to cause a serious risk to consumer health, which has been identified in this month’s enforcements. Food businesses must act responsibly to prevent these serious breaches of food legislation.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are available on the FSAI’s website.

Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

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