Mouse droppings and dead flies amongst reasons for eight enforcement orders for Irish food businesses in February 2 months ago

Mouse droppings and dead flies amongst reasons for eight enforcement orders for Irish food businesses in February

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that four Closure Orders, two Improvement Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of February.

Mouse droppings, mildew in the microwave, dead flies in the light covers and a build-up of dirt around taps of wash hand basins were amongst the reasons for enforcement orders being served on eight Irish food businesses last month.

Grease congealed onto the wheels of equipment, grease dripping into pest control bait boxes on the floor and a bait box submerged in oil and raw burgers stored adjacent to cooked chicken were other reasons given for the enforcement orders.

The eight orders were served for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

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

  • Red Chilli (Take Away), Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare

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

  • Apache Pizza & Curry House (Closed activity: Storage, handling and preparation of Indian Food on ‘Curry House’ menu), Unit 2 Johnstown Road, Enfield, Meath
  • Mr Kebab (Take Away), Greenfields Firies, Kerry
  • Bite Time (Restaurant/Café), Main Street, Lixnaw, Kerry

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

  • Mapas Tapas (Restaurant/Café), Newry Street, Market Square, Carlingford, Louth
  • Bombay Bistro (Restaurant/Café) (Under new ownership since 13/02/2019), 55 Main Street, Upper Rush, County Dublin

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

  • The Friendly Meat Shop (Butcher Shop), Oldtown Road, Letterkenny, Donegal
  • Miss Fit Enterprises Limited (Wholesaler/Distributor), Unit 14, Block P Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin

Commenting on the orders, Dr. Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, said: “The Enforcement Orders served in February were primarily due to premises presenting with poor hygienic conditions throughout and without any evidence of cleaning taking place.

"It is not acceptable that consumers’ or indeed food workers’ health is compromised by inadequate food safety practices in any food business. The legal responsibility for producing safe food lies firmly with food businesses.

“What we are seeing is an obvious lack of training of staff, which ultimately leads to poor hygiene practices, creating favourable conditions for pests and insects and potentially putting consumers’ health at risk. Food businesses run the risk of making their customers sick and ruining their reputation by neglecting basic food safety and hygiene standards.”

More details on the closure orders are available on the FSAI website here.