The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that 8 Closure Orders, 1 Improvement Order, and 1 Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of June 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).
Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
· Little Italy (takeaway), 3 Irish Street, Bunclody, Wexford
· India’s Taste (takeaway), Bridgewater Hall, 17-19 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1
· Roshan Restaurant and Takeaway, Unit 8, Besser Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
· Sal’s (restaurant/café), Main Street, Borris-in-Ossory, Laois
Four Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
· Andrews (takeaway), 2 Main Street, Shankill, Co. Dublin
· Sheerans Pub (preparation and service of food excluding beverages), Coolrain, Mountrath, Co. Laois
· Lyndon’s Kitchen Food Business (restaurant/café), Main Street, Balla, Mayo
· Just Baked (storeroom adjacent to the bakery), Barcastle Industrial Estate, Springfield Road, Castlebar, Mayo
One Improvement Order was served by the HSE on:
· Neree Mbala Afro Food Shop t/a Neree Mbala, 10a Base Enterprise Centre, Damastown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15
One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
· Newlands Food Market Ltd t/a Lituanica (retailer), Adelaide Street, Sligo
Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in June include: A high volume of live and dead flies throughout the premises, a large amount of grease dripping from the exterior of the extraction canopy onto the top of the dishwasher, significant accumulations of dead flies in the light fittings in the dry goods store and adjacent to open food packaging, cooling records not being maintained for foods cooked ahead of service, staff toilet not clean, cobwebs on store room walls and ceilings containing both dead and live insects, unidentifiable dirt on a bulk container of coffee, insects in open bulk bags of powdered ingredients such as desiccated coconut and bread concentrate, dirty floor surface in walk-in freezer, open bags of bulk ingredients stored next to paint cans, no pest control procedures in place, inadequate handwashing facilities.
Finally, two Closure Orders served by Louth County Council in April which were subject to appeal are now available to download:
· The animal sheds occupied by Barry McConnon (Slaughterhouse), Corcreaghy, Carrickmacross, Louth (download)
· The building at the rear of the domestic dwelling occupied by Barry McConnon (Cutting Plant),Corcreaghy, Carrickmacross, Louth (download)
Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised that by not complying with food safety legislation, food businesses are putting consumer health at risk.
“It is disappointing to see such a high number of Enforcement Orders for a second month running. Food businesses must recognise that they are legally bound to ensure the food they serve is safe to eat. We are now into our third week of exceptional weather and high temperatures. Every effort must be made to ensure high standards of hygiene and pest control remain in place and that foods are stored at appropriate temperatures. We would also urge food businesses to check their fridges are not impacted by the hot weather and to monitor temperatures frequently during each day.”
“Every food business must ensure that they have a robust food safety management system in place to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation do not occur”, Dr. Byrne concluded.
Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website atwww.fsai.ie. 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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