Six Closure Orders Served On Food Businesses In August.

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

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

The Greenery (Restaurant/Café), 3 Eirpage House, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

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

Super Ketones (Retailer), 76 Prospect Hill, Galway
China City (Restaurant/Café), 29 Thomas Davis Street, Blackpool, Cork
Kilkenny Kebabish (Takeaway), 26 Walkin Street, Kilkenny
New Kebabish (Takeaway), 9 South Main Street, Youghal, Cork
Celtic Pure (Closed activity: Production of all Spring Waters and Production of Other Waters from Well 3), (Packaged Water), Corcreagh, Shercock PO, Monaghan

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders served in August include: a live mouse was found in a kitchen; a large amount of rodent droppings were found throughout storage areas in a premises; flies were noted throughout a premises and particularly at the vegetable display area; cobwebs and dust were noted on the window sills and windows throughout a kitchen and storage areas; a trolley that was holding a container of raw chicken in the walk-in cold room had rust present on it; the wok station in a kitchen was full of stagnant water and old food debris; the allergen information on a take away food menu was incorrect; no hot water provided for the staff toilet hand wash basin for cleaning; the presence of arsenic in spring waters at levels exceeding the legal maximum.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised that compliance with food safety and hygiene regulations should be of the highest priority for all food businesses.

“Filthy conditions, unhygienic practices and a lack of adequate pest control measures being in place are the main reasons for this month’s Closure Orders. It is essential that food businesses have a strong food safety and hygiene culture in their business, which can be achieved through ongoing training of all members of their team. Food safety inspectors are continuing to encounter basic errors being made by food businesses which are easily avoidable.”

“Closure Orders are served on food businesses only when a risk to consumer health has been identified or where there are a number of ongoing breaches of food legislation, and that largely tends to relate to serious and grave hygiene or other operational issues. These Closure Orders indicate that not all food businesses are complying with the law and as a result, are potentially putting consumers’ health at serious risk.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at 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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