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Eleven Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in May

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that seven Closure Orders and four Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of May by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and veterinary inspectors in the local authorities. The Enforcement Orders were served for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

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

  • Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • M&P Traditional Meat and Food Product operating within the establishment trading as Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • Rimantas Meats (small meat manufacturing plant), Site 2, Unit 1, Belturbet Business Park, Creeny, Belturbet, Cavan
  • Garda Recreation Club (Restaurant/Café) (Closed area: All areas related to food and drink), Westmanstown Sports Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15

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

  • Orient (Restaurant/Café), (Closed activity: all aspects relating to the production, sale and distribution of foods using raw fish and/or acidified rice including sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi), Unit 1, Castlemill Shopping Centre, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • Pimientos (Restaurant/Café), 10 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath
  • Tim Nessa (Retailer), 18 Davis Street, Limerick

Three Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Produced/ located at Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • Rimantas Meats (small meat manufacturing plant), Site 2, Unit 1, Belturbet Business Park, Creeny, Belturbet, Cavan

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Blasta Street Kitchen (manufacturer), Seveagh, Glaslough, Monaghan

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in May include: evidence of the cutting of meat in a room adjacent to the toilets; rodent droppings present throughout a premises, including kitchen, bar and carvery areas; food handlers displaying poor knowledge of food hygiene requirements, demonstrated by poor operational practices; a lack of confidence in management’s ability to manage food safety; raw meat for the production of sausages being held at potentially unsafe temperatures pending processing; a sausage production area was found in a generally dirty and unhygienic condition; and chefs who could not tell how long raw fish for sushi had been in a freezer.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI reiterated that some food businesses are failing to adequately train their staff in food safety practices and this is leading to unhygienic premises which are putting the health of consumers at risk.

    “During the month of May, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation. It is not acceptable that any staff in food businesses are failing to demonstrate satisfactory food hygiene knowledge and skills. The failure of some food businesses to promote high food safety standards in their premises and among their staff has 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.”

The FSAI continues to work with food businesses to ensure that food safety legislation is adhered to and that Ireland’s food industry maintains its reputation as being amongst the safest and highest quality in the world. However, non-compliance of food safety legislation by food businesses will not be tolerated and will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” Dr Byrne concluded.

Details of the food businesses served with 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.

Enforcement Reports