Eight Irish food businesses received closure orders in February

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Eight closure orders were notified to Irish food businesses in February, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Enforcement orders have been issued for breaches of food safety legislation under the FSAI Act 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Law) Regulations 2020 by enforcement officers environmental health of HSE and FSAI officers.

A closure order has been served under the FSAI Act 1998 on:

  • The Magnet (take away), The Cross, Knocklong, Limerick (issued 28/02/2022)

Seven closure orders have been served under EU regulations relating to:

  • Rongs Asian Supermarket (closed business: slicing, packaging, labeling frozen raw meat products. Internet sites and social media sites operated by the food company must be closed for the purpose of marketing raw meat products frozen trench), 157 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 (issued 25/02/2022)
  • Feng Yuan Meats and all businesses/establishments/properties/other premises including websites or social media sites, 157 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 (published 25/02/2022)
  • GREENHEARTCBD LTD (dietary supplements), Curragha, Ashbourne, Meath (issued 23/02/2022)
  • Blanch Fried Chicken (take away) (Closed Business: Immediate cessation of the preparation and breading of raw chicken and all other raw meat), Unit 40B Coolmine Industrial Estate, Porters Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 (issued 23/02 /2022)
  • SCRAN (take away), 114 Bohermore, Galway (issued 11/02/2022)
  • Spice Magic (supermarket/takeaway), Pullolil House Carrigatogher, Nenagh, Tipperary (issued 03/02/2022)
  • Grennan’s (retailer) (Closed business: preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food), Barrack Street/ Kilbride Street, Tullamore, Offaly (issued 02/02/2022).

Under FSAI law, 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 in the premises; or when an improvement order is not respected.

Under EU regulations, closure orders are issued for non-compliance with food law.

Closure orders may target the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or of all or part of its activities.

Stops may be lifted when the premises have improved to the satisfaction of the authorized officer.

Some of the reasons for the closing orders in February include evidence of significant rodent activity; heavy accumulation of grease, dirt and food particles on surfaces; ready-to-eat foods being stored uncovered and under raw foods in the freezer; and inadequate temperature control measures for high-risk foods.

Additional reasons include:

No system or procedure in place to enable the provision of traceability information; staff unable to demonstrate that they have been trained in food hygiene; no designated space provided for the preparation of raw chicken; raw meat products were mislabeled, fraudulently misrepresenting the origin of meat products; no sink and no running hot water; and a history of persistent and recurring nonconformities.

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne stressed in a statement that all food businesses must apply strict food safety procedures to protect the health of consumers.

“The vast majority of food businesses in Ireland are to be commended for adhering to high food safety standards, however, a number of food businesses continue to fail to do so,” she said.

“We urge these food businesses to recognize that they have a legal responsibility to ensure that the food they serve or produce for their customers is safe to eat, and to ensure that they are in compliance with the law at all times. food safety and hygiene standards.

“Food businesses must ensure they have a strong food safety culture in place, including regular and ongoing training of full-time and part-time staff.

“There is simply no excuse for negligent practices.”

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