Three Closure Orders Served on Food Businesses in June
Thursday, 8 July 2021
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that three Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of June for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020. The Closure Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).
One Closure Order was served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:
- Golden Asian Street Food and Gala Deli at Gala Shanagolden, Main Street, Shanagolden, Limerick
Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- DFC Take-Away, 82B Dorset Street Lower, Dublin 1
- Saffron Indian Cuisine, Wesley Square, Main Street, Cashel, Tipperary
Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders in June include; rodent droppings found in electrical room in the downstairs of a food business; an infestation of cockroaches with evidence of live and dead cockroaches; kitchen premises were not clean; a pot scrub was caked with grease and a dish cloth left in a container of foul smelling, greasy water stored on a raw meat sink; dead insects found on a chill display unit and live flies observed flying from an open waste bin to an open container of cooked rice stored under a sink used to prepare raw meat; and accumulations of grease, food debris and live ants.
Commenting, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, stated that the Closure Orders in June highlight the importance of all food businesses operating to the highest standards of food safety as the country continues to face the public health pandemic.
“During the month of June, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation. It is not acceptable to see that some food businesses are failing to operate stringent food safety practices to ensure the food they are producing and selling to their customers is safe to eat. This behaviour demonstrates a reckless attitude to food safety and a total disregard for the health of their customers. Consumers have a right to safe food and we would urge anyone who is concerned or suspect there is unusual activity being demonstrated by a food business, that they can contact us via our online complaint form at https://www.fsai.ie/makeitbetter/ and we will investigate,” 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 in the enforcement reports 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.