Nine Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in November

Friday, 10 December 2021

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that eight Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of November 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. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Chaska (restaurant), 3 Berry House, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1
  • Boba Bar, 139 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
  • Greenville Deli, 312 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
  • Wok in Noodle Bar (Closed area: Food contact material and equipment storeroom only), 48-40 Stephens Street Lower, Dublin 2

Four Closure Orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:

  • Navan Soup Kitchen, Brews Hill Navan, Meath
  • Karma (restaurant) (Closed activities: Part of the activities of the business, its establishments, holdings or other premises be ceased namely the preparation and sale of sushi and sashimi), 10-12 Mill Street, Balbriggan, Dublin 1
  • Mitchell's Bar (Area Closed: The kitchen used for the preparation, cooking and service of food), Main Street, Carrigallen, Leitrim
  • Healing with Hemp, Trading as Kama Hemp (Under appeal) (Closed activities: All activities of the food business, its establishments, holdings or other premises and the internet sites and social media sites operated by food business be ceased for the purpose of placing food on the market), Burdautien, Clones, Monaghan

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

  • Greenville Deli, 312 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

During the month of November, two prosecutions were taken by the FSAI in relation to:

  • Arrabawn Co-Operative Society Limited, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Galway
  • The former quality manager of the business trading as Arrabawn, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Galway

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in November include; an active cockroach infestation noted beneath food preparation tables and fridges; surfaces throughout the premises were food-stained and dirty; defective refrigerated units; a drain serving the kitchen and associated areas was blocked resulting in staff toilet overflowing sewage onto the floor; foul water present on kitchen floor which appeared to have emanated from a grease trap; food workers observed walking through sewage and foul water, spreading it through the kitchen while food was being prepared; written allergen information was not provided to consumers; procedures to control pests were not in place at time of inspection; staff had not been provided with appropriate training and/or supervision; high risk ready-to-eat foods were not maintained at refrigerated temperatures; and no evidence of an appropriate food safety culture within the food business, or for commitment by management to the safe production of food.

Commenting, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, highlighted particular concern that this month’s Enforcement Orders included several instances of staff not receiving adequate training in food safety practices, which then resulted in serious breaches of food law.

    “Food businesses must ensure they have a strong food safety culture in place, including regular and ongoing training of both full and part-time staff. Food safety culture embeds best practice standards as a top priority in a food business and is reflected in how it does its daily work. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility in a food business and not just the business owner. There is a personal responsibility for managers and all employees to comply with food safety law at all times and in particular, ensure that all information and records provided to inspectors are truthful and accurate. There can be zero tolerance for negligent practices that put consumers’ health at risk and the FSAI and food inspectors will use the full powers available to them under food law if a food business is found to be in breach.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed in the enforcement reports 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.

Enforcement Reports