Six Irish food businesses issued closure orders in February
Sheetal Sukhija - Thursday 8th March, 2018
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland served the enforcement orders on eight businesses
Mouse activity, inadequate cleaning, food preparation issues were the reasons
The FSAI said six closure orders, one prohibition order and one improvement order was served
DUBLIN, Ireland - The Food Safety Authority of Ireland served enforcement orders to eight food businesses last month.
FSAI officials said that breaches of food safety legislation noticed in February included reports of mouse activity, inadequate cleaning, food preparation issues and improper hand-washing facilities.
Last month, the FSAI said that six Closure Orders, one Prohibition Order and one Improvement Closure Orders under the FSAI Act, 1998 were served to The Carrickdale Hotel in Louth, Apache Pizza (take away) in Dublin 2, Great Wall Chinese Restaurant in Cork and Hennessy Garden Centre in Kilkenny.
Further, two Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 to China Kitchen in Tipperary and Flame Street Food in Cork.
The FSCAI also slapped a Prohibition Order served under the FSAI Act, 1998 to the premises occupied by Agnieszka Karpowicz in Carlow’s Hacketstown Road.
It also issued an Improvement Order served under the FSAI Act, 1998 to Trattoria Toscana in Donegal Town, Donegal.
In a statement, FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne said that food businesses must prioritize food safety requirements to ensure the food they are serving is safe to eat.
Dr Byrne said, “Food businesses must recognize that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat. Some of the recurring findings are filthy premises and premises that are not pest proof. These are basic requirements and there are no excuses for bad practice. Maintaining a food business requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards. Non-compliances are not tolerated and breaches of food safety legislation are dealt with to the full extent of food law. Food businesses should take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI."
Dr Byrne added, "If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website www.fsai.ie or Facebook page."
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