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109 Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in 2018

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today stated that 109 Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation in 2018, increasing by 58% compared to 2017 (69). The FSAI outlined the importance of robust food safety management systems and stressed that the responsibility lies with food businesses to ensure that the food they sell is safe to eat and compliant with food safety legislation.

Between 1st January and 31st December 2018, food inspectors served 95 Closure Orders, 5 Improvement Orders and 9 Prohibition Orders on food businesses throughout the country. The types of recurring food safety issues that lead to Enforcement Orders are: evidence of rodent infestation and rodent droppings; filthy conditions; failure to maintain correct temperatures of foodstuffs; a lack of knowledge of food safety by staff; unsuitable food storage facilities and improper or lack of water facilities for cleaning.

Commenting on the annual figures, Dr. Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said that the increase in Enforcement Orders in 2018 was unacceptable.

    “There are absolutely no excuses for negligent food practices. The types of reasons cited for Enforcement Orders are simple errors that should not be happening in any food business. Enforcement Orders are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been established or where there are a number of ongoing serious breaches of food legislation. Non-compliance by food businesses will not be tolerated and all breaches of food safety legislation will be dealt with the full extent of the law.”

During the month of December 2018, 9 Closure Orders, 2 Improvement Orders and 1 Prohibition Order were served on food businesses 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).

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

  • King Kebab (restaurant/café), 10 Sean Costello Street, Irishtown, Athlone, Westmeath
  • Officers’ Mess (restaurant/café), Air Corps Headquarters, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell, Dublin 22
  • Hot Krispy Chicken Ltd (takeaway), Unit 2, Eagle Court, Main Street, Clonee, Meath
  • Fu Jing Chinese Takeaway, Collon, Louth
  • Our Lady’s Hospital (Closed area: Male Medical Ward Kitchen only), Athboy Road, Navan, Meath

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

  • Field’s Bakery (Closed area: Large storeroom to the left of the premises used for storage of food, food contact materials and food contact and equipment), Castletownshend Road, Carrigfadda, Skibbereen, Cork
  • Natural Green (food processor), Unit C, Stadium Business Centre, Stadium Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15
  • Mikes Pizza and Pasta (takeaway), Dublin Road, Ballinagh, Cavan
  • Asian Wok, 35 O’Growney Street, Athboy, Meath

Two Improvement Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • The Silly Goose (public house), 3 Hanover Place, Cork

One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • U Polaka (retailer), Unit 16–17, Friary Business Park, Naas, Kildare

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in December include: a dead rodent found trapped underneath a sink unit; large batches of cooked battered chicken observed cooling down outdoors in the rear yard in cardboard boxes previously used as packaging for raw chicken; raw sewage flowing through the back yard and at the rear door; the use of elastic bands and cable ties to secure the irrigation system pipework; a large hole in the ceiling allowing for a possible point of entry for pests and risk of contamination to food areas; failure to implement effective means of pest control including remedial actions; a rodent bait point located in close proximity to a container of foodstuffs; profuse black mould growth on internal surfaces of refrigerator; greasy to touch and visibly soiled working utensils and equipment; blood stained rubber gloves placed in a wash hand basin; raw meat being prepared in the designated vegetable preparation area which was contaminated with chicken juices; mice activity in the wash up area of the kitchen and; a dead mouse on the floor behind the chest freezer and evidence of gnawed bag of chips.
    “There were nine Closure Orders served on food businesses in December and common non-compliances are filthy conditions, poor hygiene and improper or no pest controlling systems in place. Food safety legislation sets standards which food businesses must adhere to, and there can be no shortcuts when it comes to ensuring the protection of consumer health. It is of paramount importance that all food businesses must operate stringent food safety practices in order to ensure the food they are producing and selling to their customers is safe to eat. The onus is on food businesses to comply with the law by ensuring that they and their staff are fully trained in the areas of food safety and hygiene, and to protect the health of their customers,” 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.

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