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Enforcement Powers

Enforcement powers under the FSAI Act 1998 

Improvement Notice

An Improvement Notice is issued, following consultation with a ‘Designated’ officer, when an Authorised Officer is of the opinion that a premises or practice is of such a nature that if it persists, it will or is likely to pose a risk to public health.

Improvement Notices are NOT listed on our website.

Improvement Order

It is issued by the District Court if an Improvement Notice is not complied with.

An Improvement Notice is issued where in the opinion of the authorised officer:

  • any activity involving the handling, preparation etc of food, or
  • the condition of a premises (or part thereof) where this activity takes place is such that if it persists, it will or is likely to pose a risk to public health.

Improvement orders remain on our website for a period of three months from the date the order was lifted.

Closure Order

It is issued if in the opinion of the authorised officer, there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises. Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities. The Orders may be lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer. Failure to comply with an Improvement Order may also result in the issuing of a Closure Order.

Closure orders remain on our website for a period of three months from the date the order was lifted.

Prohibition Order

It is issued if the activities (handling, processing, disposal, manufacturing, storage, distribution or selling food) involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food. The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, either temporarily or permanently.

Prohibition orders remain on our website for a period of one month from the date the order was lifted.

Enforcement under the European Communities (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No. 117 of 2010)

See  S.I. No. 117 of 2010  

Closure Order under S.I. No. 117 of 2010

It may be issued if in the opinion of the authorised officer, there is non-compliance with food legislation by a food business operator. Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities. The Orders may be lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer.

Closure orders remain on our website for a period of three months from the date the order was lifted.  

Prohibition Order under S.I. No 117 of 2010

It may be issued if in the opinion of the authorised officer, there is non-compliance with food legislation by a food business operator, relating to a particular consignment, class, batch or item of food. The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, either temporarily or permanently.

Prohibition orders remain on our website for a period of one month from the date the order was lifted.
 

Note: Orders may pertain to all or part of a food premises, the cessation of all or some of the activities thereat, or the withdrawal/detainment/destruction of described foodstuffs. 

Last reviewed: 26/6/2012