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Eight Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in February

Friday, 8 March 2019

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that four Closure Orders, two Improvement Orders, and two Prohibition 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 EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. 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:

  •  Red Chilli (Take Away), Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare

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

  •  Apache Pizza & Curry House (Closed activity: Storage, handling and preparation of Indian Food on ‘Curry House’ menu), Unit 2 Johnstown Road, Enfield, Meath
  •  Mr Kebab (Take Away), Greenfields Firies, Kerry
  •  Bite Time (Restaurant/Café), Main Street, Lixnaw, Kerry

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

  •  Mapas Tapas (Restaurant/Café), Newry Street, Market Square, Carlingford, Louth
  •  Bombay Bistro (Restaurant/Café) (Under new ownership since 13/02/2019), 55 Main Street, Upper Rush, County Dublin


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

  •  The Friendly Meat Shop (Butcher Shop), Oldtown Road, Letterkenny, Donegal
  •  Miss Fit Enterprises Limited (Wholesaler/Distributor), Unit 14, Block P Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in February include: a build-up of dirt around taps of wash hand basins; mildew in the microwave; grease congealed onto the wheels of equipment; grease dripping into pest control bait boxes on the floor and a bait box submerged in oil; mouse droppings observed on the floor of a premises; raw burgers stored adjacent to cooked chicken; chopping board in a filthy condition; dead flies in the light covers; no allergen information provided; accumulations of food debris beneath and behind fridge; waste stored beneath the service counter in an open bin; a foul odour upon opening a fridge which was storing salami and cheese and was at a temperature of +19° Celsius; and dried-in food waste accumulated in wash-up sinks.

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised the risk that unhygienic practices within food businesses pose to consumer health.

“The Enforcement Orders served in February were primarily due to premises presenting with poor hygienic conditions throughout and without any evidence of cleaning taking place. It is not acceptable that consumers’ or indeed food workers’ health is compromised by inadequate food safety practices in any food business. The legal responsibility for producing safe food lies firmly with food businesses."

“What we are seeing is an obvious lack of training of staff, which ultimately leads to poor hygiene practices, creating favourable conditions for pests and insects and potentially putting consumers’ health at risk. Food businesses run the risk of making their customers sick and ruining their reputation by neglecting basic food safety and hygiene standards."

“Each individual food business must take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with the law. The FSAI is here to help food businesses operators if they are unsure what is legally required. Help is available via the FSAI advice line or our website,” 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.

 Enforcement Order Reports