Two Closure Orders Served on Food Businesses in September
Thursday, 8 October 2020
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that two Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September 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).
Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Boojum (Restaurant/Café), Patrick Street, Limerick
- New World (Takeaway) (Closed area: The food storage room in the rear yard), Unit 5, Muirhevnamore Shopping Centre, Glenmore Park, Muirhevnamore, Dundalk, Louth
One prosecution was served under Regulation (EC) 178/2002 in relation to:
- Hoi Wun Chinese Takeaway (Takeaway), 48 Main Street, Finglas, Dublin 11
One prosecution was served under the European Communities (Labelling of Beef and Beef Products) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No 435/2000) in relation to:
- Zaiqa Foods (Wholesaler/Distributor), Unit D 18, South Ring West Business Park, Tramore Road, Cork
The reasons for the Closure Orders in September include: the accumulation of sewage and wastewater in the basement accompanied by a strong unpleasant smell; and evidence of rodent activity in the food storage area, posing a serious risk of contamination to food.
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI has emphasised the importance of vigorous pest control systems and fully functioning wastewater systems, which should be facilitated by appropriate food safety management systems across all food businesses in Ireland.
“It is disconcerting that we continue to see the need to take enforcement action for insufficient pest control issues. While the number of Closure Orders was low in September, it was disappointing to see another month with Orders relating to the presence or evidence of rodents in food premises. Food businesses must ensure that robust pest control systems are in place to achieve satisfactory hygiene standards and provide customers with safe food. Incidents involving rodents in food preparation areas reflects poorly on the majority of food businesses who operate to high standards of food hygiene.”
“Failures in sewage systems should also sound alarm bells for food businesses. It is simply unacceptable for a food business to continue to operate when their sewage/wastewater systems have issues. Food business owners are responsible for ensuring best practices in relation to food handling and food storage in their business. Failure to do this puts their customers at risk. It’s also important to comply with rules on food labelling, which ensure customers are fully informed about the food they buy,” Dr Byrne concluded.
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.