Six Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in March
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that six Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses during the month of March 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).
Three Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Kebabish Tandoori (Restaurant/Café), 39 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
- Eurospar (Closed area: rear bakery preparation kitchen, bakery storage area and adjoining lobby), Main Street, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath
- China City (Restaurant/Café), 17 Temple Street, Sligo
One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Halal Food and Grocery (Butcher Shop (Retailer)), Unit 6, Trinity Court, Fonthill Road, Dublin 22
Two Improvement Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Giovanni’s Takeaway, Rampark, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth
- Milano’s (Restaurant/Café), 61 Bridge Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
During the month of March, one Prosecution was taken by the HSE in relation to:
- Camile Thai (Takeaway), Block 3, Unit 22, Village Green, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in March include: Rodent droppings on the lower shelf in a cupboard; rodent infestation on the same floor as food storage; fresh rodent droppings present in wash-up and food preparation areas; dirt and food debris on the floor behind chest freezers; an accumulation of grease, dirt and food debris including discoloured meat on the floor indicating that this area had not been cleaned for some time; a gap in the wall around water pipes which may allow pests to move within the premises; two circular holes in the lower wall under a shelf where rodent droppings were found; and minced meat incorrectly being given up to 26 days shelf life as a result of re-vacuum packing.
In March, a prosecution was taken by the HSE as a result of a restaurant’s failure to provide correct food allergen information for a customer. This prosecution highlights the seriousness of providing accurate food allergen information and the importance of complying with the allergens legislation for public health, legal and reputational consequences for food businesses.
Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, stressed the importance of complying with food safety standards that have been set to ensure the protection of consumer health, particularly in respect of food allergens.
“In March, there continued to be a number of food businesses who failed to ensure proper food safety management systems were in place. Filthy premises, unhygienic practices and poor pest control are all totally unacceptable. There are also no excuses for food businesses failing to provide accurate written allergen information for their customers. A person should be able to trust that the allergen information they get from a food business is correct and it is up to the food business to ensure that they have the appropriate procedures in place to meet this requirement. Failure to provide accurate allergen information can have very serious health consequences for people with food allergies. This is a time when our health services are under unprecedented pressure due to Covid-19 and it is vital that they are not put under any additional undue pressure resulting from unsafe food practices.”
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.