Wednesday, 09 March 2022
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that eight Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of February 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).
One Closure Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- The Magnet (take away), The Cross, Knocklong, Co. Limerick
Seven Closure Orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:
- Rongs Asian Supermarket (Closed activities: slicing, packing, labelling of frozen raw meat products. The internet sites and social media sites operated by the food business be ceased for the purposes of placing frozen sliced raw meat product on market), 157 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- Feng Yuan Meats and all Business/Establishments/Holdings/Other Premises Including Internet Sites or Social Media Sites, 157 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- GREENHEARTCBD LTD (food supplements), Curragha, Ashbourne, Meath
- Blanch Fried Chicken (take away) (Closed activity: Immediate cessation of the preparation and breading of raw chicken and any other raw meat), Unit 40B Coolmine Industrial Estate, Porters Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
- SCRAN (take away), 114 Bohermore, Galway
- Spice Magic (supermarket/take away), Pullolil House Carrigatogher, Nenagh, Tipperary
- Grennan's (retailer) (Closed activities: The preparation and sale of ready to eat foods), Barrack Street/ Kilbride Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders in February include; evidence of extensive rodent activity; substantial accumulation of grease, dirt and food particles on surfaces; ready-to-eat foods stored uncovered and below raw food in the freezer; inadequate temperature control measures for high risk foods; no systems or procedures in place to allow for traceability information to be made available; staff unable to demonstrate that they were trained in food hygiene; no designated space provided for the preparation of raw chicken; raw meat products were mislabelled, fraudulently misrepresenting the meat products’ origin; no wash hand basin and no hot running water; a history of persistent and recurring non-compliances.
Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, emphasised that all food businesses must operate stringent food safety procedures to protect consumers’ health.
“The vast majority of food businesses in Ireland must be commended for adhering to high food safety standards, however, there continues to be a number of food businesses failing to do so. We are urging those food businesses to recognise that the legal onus is on them to ensure that the food they serve or produce for their customers is safe to eat, and to ensure there is ongoing compliance with food safety legislation and hygiene standards. 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. There is simply no excuse for negligent practices.”
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.