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Two Closure Orders served on food businesses in September

Wednesday, 11 October 2023

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that two Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020. The Closure Orders were issued by Environmental Health Officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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

  • Xi'an Street Food (take away) (Closed activity: Part of the activities of its establishment be ceased, specifically the cooking of duck spring rolls), 28 Anne Street South, Dublin 2
  • Paul Tobin Butchers (Closed activities: the production and processing of all cooked and ready-to-eat food on the premises. This Closure Order does not affect the sale of raw meat), 3 Abbey Road, Clonmel, Tipperary

Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders in September include; repeat failure to cook duck spring rolls thoroughly; food safety management procedures were not implemented; significant build-up of food debris, spillages and engrained dirt on the floor in the cooked/ready-to eat foods preparation area; the layout and size of the premises did not permit adequate separation between raw and ready-to-eat food handling operations; no designated sink was provided for washing food such as the vegetables used in the preparation of ready-to-eat coleslaw.

Commenting, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, said that the issues resulting in the two Closure Orders in September related to failures in basic food safety and hygiene requirements.

        “Consumers have a right to safe food. Under food law, it is the legal responsibility of food businesses to ensure the safety of the food they sell to the consumer is safe to eat. All food businesses must establish and regularly review a food safety management system to prevent instances of non-compliance and violations of food safety regulations such as these, which are only imposed when a significant risk to consumer health has been identified or when there are persistent, severe violations of food regulations,” said Dr Byrne.
Also, during the month of September, one prosecution was taken by the HSE in relation to:

  • GREENHEART CBD LTD (food supplements), Curragha, Ashbourne, Meath

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at 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 Orders and prosecutions