Six Enforcement Orders Served On Food Businesses In February.

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

Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Anu’s Kitchen, Unit 3, Glen Abbey Complex, Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Costa Coffee, Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo
  • Camile Thai (Closed area: upstairs attic storage space) (Restaurant/Café), Looney’s Cross, Bishopstown, Co. Cork
  • Polish Grocery Janosiki (Closed area: the rear external yard which was being used to smoke meats), 17 Mary Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Two Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • LuckyMe Limited (Retailer), Unit 3 & 4, 90 Lagan Road, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
  • Polish Grocery Janosiki, 17 Mary Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in February include: Evidence of rodent activity and rodent droppings found in food storage areas which posed a risk of contamination to foodstuffs; crates of unidentified and untraceable processed raw meat items found in a walk in freezer; displaying out of date meat foodstuffs on the shop floor; failure to ensure adequate pest control and pest proofing allowing pests/rodents ease of access to the premises; breaches of HACCP principles surrounding the packaging of meats leading to unacceptable risks to food safety.

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, highlighted the need for food businesses to maintain adequate hygiene standards in the interest of protecting consumer health.

“February’s Enforcement Orders demonstrate the importance of regular and consistent checks by businesses to ensure safe food practices are in place and adhered to in the interest of protecting consumer health. There are no excuses for food business owners failing to comply with all relevant food safety and hygiene standards. It is a legal responsibility.  Contamination of food and inadequate food safety management systems can lead to immediate danger to consumer health.  This remains one of the main reasons why food inspectors are forced to serve Enforcement Orders on non-compliant food businesses”.

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