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12 Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in May

Friday, 8 June 2018

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that 11 Closure Orders and 1 Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of May 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:

  • D&G’s Takeaway, No. 5 Potato Market, Carlow
  • Sweetness Luxury Homemade Desserts, Ardcavan, Wexford
  • Golden Beach Supermarket, 137 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

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

  • Addison Lodge, 131 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Salthill Social (restaurant), 14 Lenaboy Gardens, Salthill, Galway
  • Blackchurch Inn, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
  • Zaiqa Foods (New Aroma Foods Ltd) (Closed area: The retail butcher counter area), Unit D 18, South Ring West Business Park, Tramore Road, Cork
  • Derrynaflan Foods Ltd (wholesaler/distributer), CGI Foodpark, Knockgriffin, Midleton, Cork
  • Lucky Dragon 2 (takeaway), 70 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7
  • Rock Kebab and Pizza (restaurant), 101 Main Street, Cashel, Tipperary
  • Bella Roma (takeaway), 45 Ballybough Road, Dublin 3

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

  • Golden Beach Supermarket, 137 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

In recent months, there were two prosecutions by the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority in relation to:

  • Ronan Forde (wholesaler/distributor), Ferrybank, Waterford
  • Kenmare Salmon Company (fish smoking), Ockt Ltd, Glebe House, Glebe Place, Killarney, Kerry

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in May include: Dead mice found in production areas and associated stores; rodent droppings; significant cockroach infestation; products relabelled and past their use-by dates; no allergen information provided for customers; mould growth in kitchen; failure to remove or clean food spillages; no evidence of training for staff; food being stored in open tins in the fridge; chopping board being stored on the floor; leftover food being refrozen; build-up of food debris and dirt beneath cooking equipment; and no hot water at wash hand basin in the cooking area.

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised the importance of maintaining high standards of food hygiene at all times. However, she also stressed the need for particular attention being required to ensure food is stored safely during summer months when temperatures can rise.

    “It is extremely disappointing to see that May is the highest month so far this year for Closure Orders. There are simply no excuses for putting consumers’ health at risk through sub-standard food safety and hygiene practices. Summer is a busy time of year for food businesses and systems must be put in place to cope with the increase in customers and at a time when outside temperatures can be a lot higher. Food bacteria can multiply quickly in warm weather and food businesses must ensure food is stored at correct temperatures. It is also essential that all food businesses have the appropriate food safety management systems and procedures in place and that all staff are fully trained to ensure these systems and procedures are adhered to all times.”

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.

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