Seven Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in July

Monday, 10 August 2020

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that five Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of July for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998. The Closure and Prohibition Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and authorised officers in the FSAI.

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

  • AIM Cash & Carry (Closed activity: all food sales), Unit 20, Robinhood Industrial Estate, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
  • Londis (Closed Areas: The deli counter, the butcher counter and preparation rooms and store rooms off the deli/butcher counters), 38 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7
  • Teddy’s Ice Cream (Closed area: food and packaging storage unit at the side of the premises only), East Pier Battery, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • WW Poultry (Cold Store), Unit 24 Orion Business Centre, Northwest Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15
  • Indian Prince (Restaurant/Café), Unit 16, Kilminchy Court, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

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

  • WW Poultry (Cold Store), Unit 24 Orion Business Centre, Northwest Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15
  • AD Cash and Carry Limited (Wholesaler/Distributor), Unit 4, St James Industrial Park, Kylemore Way, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Some of the reasons for these Enforcement Orders in July include: Evidence of recent rat activity; rat droppings beside open food products; a meat cutting and packaging area beside ready-to-eat food; meat considered unfit for human consumption, due to putrefaction, being stored at an unregistered premises; filthy food contact surfaces; inadequate pest control procedures; no access to hot water for staff to practice good hand hygiene; a mat in a staff bathroom covered in snail and slug residue; and no HACCP-based food safety management procedures or associated monitoring records available for inspection.

According to Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, while recent inspections in July have identified a number of breaches of food legislation related to food safety and hygiene practices, they have also identified some food businesses operating outside of the law that were not registered or approved and therefore, were selling food with no regulatory oversight for food safety and consumer protection.

    “A number of serious incidents have been identified where authorised officers found people operating out of food premises or vehicles where no adherence to basic food safety and hygiene practices where in place. A food business was found transporting unrefrigerated meat and meat products in the boot and back seat of a car. On another occasion, a wholesale business was operating in filthy conditions with unfit and out of date food, whilst another establishment had a significant level of unlabelled and untraceable food on its premises. In all these cases, authorised officers used enforcement powers to mitigate the risk to consumers from these business operations. However, we would be concerned that this could be reflective of a growing level of unscrupulous operators seeking to make a profit, at the expense of public health. We would urge consumers to question anyone offering them food for sale that seems unusual or that has no food labels on the packaging. We would also ask food businesses not to purchase food from unregistered/unapproved suppliers. Larger food businesses should ensure, when selling commercial quantities of food, that the buyer is a registered or approved food business operator. They can do this by checking with the relevant inspecting authority. In the absence of official inspections, it is not possible to verify compliance with food law and there is an increased risk that unsafe food may be placed on the market. We have a complaints service on our website at fsai.ie/makeitbetter, where people can report any suspicions to us and we will follow up all reports,” Dr Byrne says.

    “Anyone who is selling food must register with or have their business approved by a competent authority and abide by food law. This is to protect consumers’ health in relation to food as each registered/approved business then comes within the food safety inspection process. Consumers have a right to safe food and bogus operators seeking to make a quick profit at the risk of potentially making consumers sick or selling non-compliant or fraudulent foodstuffs will be pursued through the legal powers,” she concludes.

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 Reports