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Seven Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in March 2018

Monday, 9 April 2018

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that six Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of March 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).

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

  • Panda House (take away), 43 Barrack Street, Dundalk, Louth
  • Hab Foods Limited t/a Haji Baba (wholesaler), (Closed Area: Black container unit located adjacent to the main building), Unit 20 Cherry Orchard Industrial Estate, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
  • Aladdins Cave Montessori School and Crèche, Stoney Lane, Ardee, Louth

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

  • Oche Takeaway, Unit 5, Tallaght Retail Centre, High Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Paparazzi (restaurant), 35 Main St, Ongar, Dublin 15
  • SM Cuisine Limited T/A Dera (restaurant), 138 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Hab Foods Limited t/a Haji Baba (wholesaler) (Product withdrawn: All minced lamb, diced beef, diced lamb and diced skinned chicken being supplied from the premises), Unit 20 Cherry Orchard Industrial Estate, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders in March were: rodent infestation in a crèche pre-school room, baby room and nappy changing area; large quantities of dried on blood splatters on the walls in a meat preparation unit; a large number of dead cockroaches on the top of a cold room; fresh rat droppings under an oven and in the motor compartment of freezers in a kitchen; very poor standard of basic hygiene and cleanliness; no food safety management system; and no allergen information provided for non-prepacked food and drinks sold on the premises.

Commenting on the Enforcement Orders served in March, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI stated that food business operators in Ireland should fully understand that it is their legal responsibility to ensure they are maintaining a high standard of food safety throughout their food business.

    “Consumer health in relation to food is our priority, and the FSAI, together with the inspectorate, strives to ensure that all food businesses abide by the legal requirements placed upon them. Food businesses must ensure that their premises are kept clean and that they are pest proofed and yet each month, inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations. Enforcement Orders tarnish the food industry as a whole and can damage consumer confidence. The onus is on each individual food business to take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with the law. Non-compliance by food businesses will not be tolerated and all breaches of food safety legislation will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” 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 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