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Six Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in April

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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

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

  •  Food business being run in a house and garden at The Demesne, Dalgan, Shrule, Mayo (Meat Products)
  •  Bentleys Ltd t/a The Kilford Arms Hotel (Closed area: Kitchen and Food Preparation Area), John Street, Kilkenny
  •  Natural Green (Foods of Non-Animal Origin Processing), Unit C, Stadium Business Centre, Stadium Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15
  •  The animal sheds occupied by Barry McConnon (Slaughterhouse) (under appeal), Corcreaghy, Carrickmacross, Louth
  •  The building at the rear of the domestic dwelling occupied by Barry McConnon (Cutting Plant) (under appeal), Corcreaghy, Carrickmacross, Louth

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

  •  Keyaki Japanese Restaurant, 15 Merchants Square, Ennis, Clare

Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders in April include: the operation of an illegal food business; rodent droppings present on food packaging; the presence of live rodents noted in a premises; hair present on food packaging; boiled rice being cooked and cooled on a table in a wash up area; no hand washing facilities available; evidence of mould growth; and lack of food hygiene training.

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI stated it is a legal requirement that a food business must register with and where required be approved by the relevant competent authority.

“All food businesses must be registered. If it is a food business handling and/or processing foods of animal origin, it is illegal to operate without approval by the relevant authority before commencing trade. Working in partnership with the food safety inspectors, we have zero tolerance for those not operating legally. It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have their premises kept clean and pest proofed however each month, inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations. Each individual food business must take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with the law”, said Dr Byrne.

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.