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Rodent Infestation and Dirty Premises Amongst Reasons for 10 Closure Orders Served in September

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that ten Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive. The FSAI also stated today, that it will publish the full details of each Enforcement Order every month on its website.

In September, six Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Glebe Gardens and Café (Part closed: Bakery Storeroom), Baltimore, Cork
  • Spar (retailer), 23 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4
  • Akash (restaurant/café), 7 George's Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin
  • Larry's Marino Fair (Part closed: Food storage at rear of 203 Philipsburgh Ave, Marino, Dublin 3) (butcher), 205 Philipsburgh Ave, Marino, Dublin 3
  • Caspian Pizza (restaurant/café), Main Street Car Park, Donegal Town, Donegal
  • Alfredos (take away), Unit 9, Ballybane Shopping Centre, Ballybane Road, Galway

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

  • Chens Oriental Taste (restaurant/café), Unit 1 and Unit 2, Main Street, Rochfortbridge, Westmeath
  • Harrys Bar and Restaurant Ltd (manufacturer), Bridgend, Donegal
  • The Village Store/Kelly's Last Chance Bar (retailer), Rathcabbin, Nenagh, Tipperary
  • Corrib Catering, Leisureland, Salthill, Galway

During the month of September, one successful prosecution was carried out by the Health Service Executive in relation to:

  • Beachcomber Bar, Kerrs Bay, Rathmullan, Donegal

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive said that the FSAI was now in a position to make available the full details of the Orders served on food businesses.

    “The FSAI has been publishing the names of food businesses served Enforcement Orders for over a decade. Our systems and processes now enable us to provide additional information which is in line with our objective to increase transparency as a regulator and to raise food safety and hygiene standards in food businesses. Enforcement Orders are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been established or where there are a number of ongoing serious breaches of food legislation. We believe this initiative will help to dispel any misinformation regarding the reasons why Enforcement Orders are served and will also let other food businesses know some of the things to avoid in their premises.”

    “There were ten Closure Orders served on food businesses in September and common non-compliances are filthy conditions and poor hygiene. Some of the specific reasons the Orders were served this month include: evidence of rodent infestation; failure to maintain temperatures of foodstuffs; filthy conditions with aged dirt and debris; unsuitable food storage facilities; evidence of extensive cockroach infestation; and raw chicken stored on a dirty floor,” concludes Dr Byrne.

The full details of the Enforcement Orders served on food businesses are published on the FSAI website. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premise is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

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