Five Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in January
Monday, 10 February 2020
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that five Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of January for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998. 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:
- The Exchange Bar, 1 Ballybricken, Waterford City, Co. Waterford
- The African Shop/Costello Stores (Retailer), 87 Shandon Street, Co. Cork
- Mr. Kebab (Take Away), 99 Lower Glanmire Road, Cork City, Co. Cork
- T/A Londis (Retailer) (Closed area: external building comprising of a walk-in cold room, walk-in freezer and 3 storage areas), New Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth
- Oriental City and Noodle House (Restaurant/Café), Keen Market, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
The FSAI is also publishing today the details of a Closure Order served in October 2019 under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. The Closure Order had been subject to an appeal to the District Court, which was subsequently withdrawn. The Closure Order was served on:
- Camden Rotisserie (Restaurant – Café), 37 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2
Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in January include: Evidence of rodent activity posing a risk of contamination to foodstuffs and food preparation surfaces, equipment and utensils; all freezers within a premises having an extremely large build-up of congealed blood, food debris and dirt; large accumulations of dirt and debris throughout an entire premises; a build-up of dirt and grease on equipment such as microwaves, extract canopies and hot-holding containers; failure to ensure adequate pest control and no hot water being available, making the adequate cleaning of the premises and people’s hands extremely difficult.
Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI highlighted the need for food businesses to maintain adequate hygiene standards in the interest of public health.
“The Enforcement Orders in the first month of the year have demonstrated that inadequate hygiene practices are continuing to put consumers at unnecessary risk of falling ill. If you are a food business owner, it is your responsibility to comply with the law and implement adequate food safety and hygiene standards as a core part of your business. Food legislation is primarily set to protect consumers from a variety of threats such as pest infestation and food contamination by dangerous bacteria. There is no justification for any food business to not fully implement all applicable food legislation. It is wholly unacceptable that there continues to be some food businesses who are failing to have the right food safety management systems in place to ensure the food they serve to their customers is safe to eat.”
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.