Do you know any of these places?
Ten shutdown orders and one improvement order were served on Irish food businesses in July, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
Enforcement orders were issued for violations of food safety legislation in accordance with the FSAI of 1998 and the European Union (Official Food Law Controls) Regulations of 2020 by health workers environment of the HSE.
Seven closure orders were served under European Union regulations on:
- Spar (Closed area: Comptoir Deli), Duff House, 13-15 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 3 (published 23/07/2021)
- The King Pig Food Stall, 108 Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 8 (published 07/17/2021 and closed 07/27/2021)
- Monto’s Restaurant, Main Street, Kilmessan, Co. Meath (published 07/12/2021 and closed 07/19/2021)
- Riverside Café, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan (published 07/09/2021)
- Eskimo Pizza and Lam’s, 31 Deansgrange Road, Deansgrange, Co. Dublin (issued 07/09/2021 and closed 07/14/2021)
- Fredis Pizzeria, 58 Dublin Street, Monaghan (issued 07/02/2021 and closed 07/08/2021)
- Fredis Takeaway, 3 West Street, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan (published 07/02/2021 and raised 07/19/2021)
Three closure orders were also served under the FSAI Act of 1998 on:
- Universal Food Store Limited (Closed area: Butcher’s counter with cold room) (butcher’s shop), Unit 5, Dunnes Stores Shopping Center, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois (posted 23/07/2021 and closed 26/07 / 2021)
- The Burren Atlantic Hotel (Closed area: Kitchen), Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare (published 07/23/2021)
- Joud World Food (retailer), 13 O’Connell Street, Waterford (published 07/13/2021 and closed 07/23/2021)
In the meantime, an Improvement Order has been served under the FSAI Act of 1998 on:
- Rico’s, 26 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2 (issued 07/23/2021 with a compliance date of 09/03/2021)
Under the FSAI Act of 1998, a closure order is served when it is believed that there is or is likely to be a serious and immediate danger to public health on or within the premises. ; or when an improvement order is not respected.
Closure orders may refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or of all or part of its activities.
Under EU regulations, closure orders are served in the event of non-compliance with food law.
Among the reasons for the execution orders in July were the discovery of rodent droppings in food storage areas, open bins filled with meat and surrounded by flies, food debris and grease identified on equipment and surfaces, aprons covered in blood and dirt, flies seen on a sandwich board, wet and dirty clothes strewn around a kitchen and internal refrigerators covered in food grime.
“No traceability information available to verify the origin of the food and inadequate pest control”, were other reasons listed.
FSAI Executive Director Dr Pamela Byrne expressed concern over the large number of enforcement orders in July.
“It is essential that food companies understand the importance of food safety and promote good food safety practices among their staff, including through continuous training of staff,” she said in a statement. .
“Close orders are not served for minor infractions. It is clear that some food companies are breaking the law and potentially putting the health of their customers at risk.”
Details of food businesses subject to enforcement orders can be found on the FSAI website.