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30% Increase in Food Safety Enforcement Orders in 2012

Tuesday, 8 January 2013


The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today stated that there were a total of 109 Enforcement Orders served for breaches in food safety legislation in 2012 compared with 84 in 2011, an increase of 30% - making last year the highest to date for the number of Enforcement Orders issued.  The FSAI today re-emphasised that it is unacceptable that some food businesses were continuing to breach food safety laws and warned all food businesses to place robust food safety management systems and hygiene practices top of their agenda or face the full rigors of the law. 

Between 1st January and 31st December 2012, enforcement officers served 91 Closure Orders, three Improvement Orders and 15 Prohibition Orders on food businesses throughout the country.  This compares with 66 Closure Orders, seven Improvement Orders and 11 Prohibition Orders issued in 2011.

During the month of December 2012, seven Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses for breaches in 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.   

Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
• Cumann Baire Setanta Teoranta, Hurling and Camogie Club (public house), Beside Library, Ballymun Road, Dublin 11
• Kanum Thai Ltd (food stall), rear of 7 Bohernabreena Cottages, Tallaght, Dublin 24
• Pesce Grande (take away) (closed area: the rear food preparation kitchen), Main Street, Aughrim Village, Wicklow
• Mitsuba Limited, Premises occupied by Mitsuba Ltd (restaurant), 154 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
• Dynasty Chinese Restaurant & Take Away, Unit 9, College View, Ballymun Town Centre, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9
• J&V Rahara Farm Meats Ltd trading as May Kearneys (public house) (closed area: ground floor kitchen, food preparation, storage, cooking service and ancillary staff and wash up facilities - bar service areas not included in Closure Order), 10 Lifford Road Ennis, Clare
• The Anner Hotel (activity affected by the Closure Order: ceasing use of current water supply for drinking and culinary purposes), Dublin Road, Thurles, Tipperary

A Prohibition Order was served on:
• Dynasty Chinese Restaurant & Take Away, Unit 9, College View, Ballymun Town Centre, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9

During the month of December two successful prosecutions were carried out by the Health Service Executive on:

• Fat Kats (take away), Pugin Court, St Michaels Road, Gorey, Wexford
• Golden Mill Catering Chinese Restaurant, Sarsfield Street, Kilmallock, Limerick

Commenting on the annual figures, Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI said, “Compared to 2011, we saw a substantial increase in the number of Enforcement Orders served last year, making 2012 the highest year for enforcements to date.  This increase is extremely disappointing and serves as an unfortunate reminder that there continues to be food business operators who put consumers’ health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene.”

Prof. Reilly stated that consumers must be confident that the food they are eating is safe to consume and that the FSAI and the food safety inspectors will continue to take a zero tolerance policy to breaches of food safety legislation. He stated, “The onus is on each individual food business to take responsibility and commit to ensuring the food they serve is safe to eat.  We are re-emphasising to all food businesses the need for rigorous compliance with food safety and hygiene standards. This requires putting appropriate food safety management procedures in place and making sure they are adhered to at all times.”

Prof. Reilly urged food businesses to take full advantage of the information and support provided by the FSAI and the food safety inspectors to ensure that they have the correct food safety management systems in place. If any food business operator is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website www.fsai.ie or facebook page.

Details of the food businesses served with these Enforcement Orders are published 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.

See the Enforcement Order Reports on our website.