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Five food businesses in Ireland received closure orders for breaching food safety legislation during the month of January, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The businesses affected were located in Waterford, Dublin, Meath, Wexford and Offaly.
Food businesses have been issued closure orders for breaching food safety legislation, under the FSAI Act 1998 and the EU (Official Control in Relation to Food Law) Regulations 2020.
A closure order has been served under the FSAI Act 1998 on:
- Treacys Hotel (Closed area: main kitchen and ancillary upstairs storage areas and staff facilities), 1 The Quay, Waterford (Issued 07/01/2022 and lifted 14/01/2022)
Four closure orders have been served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Law) Regulations 2020 relating to:
- Feng Yuan Meats, Rear of 8 Meath Street, Dublin 8 (posted 28/01/2022)
- Hu Botanicals Ltd (all businesses, its establishments, operations or other premises (including Aughadreena, Stradone, Co. Cavan) and all social media platforms operated by or on behalf of Hu Botanicals Ltd.), Out Offices, Balsoon Bective , Navan , Meath (Issued 21/01/2022)
- Kiely’s Centra, Rosslare Road, Killinick, Wexford (posted 19/01/2022 and closed 21/01/2022)
- Café India, Patricks Court, Patricks Street, Tullamore, Offaly (Issued 12/01/2022 and lifted 21/01/2022)
A restraining order has been served under the FSAI Act 1998 on:
- Olivia’s Food, 380 South Circular, Dublin 8 (issued 01/20/2022 and closed 02/02/2022)
Under the FSAI Act 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 target the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or of all or part of its activities.
Under the EU (Official Control in Relation to Food Law) Regulations 2020, closure orders and restraining orders are served in cases of non-compliance with food law.
Among the reasons given for the closure orders were an accumulation of food debris; black bags containing a mixture of rice and rodent excrement located in a press adjacent to a small haberdashery; rodent droppings observed under shelves; exposed pipes and rotting wood in facilities for male staff and evidence that cleaning and disinfection was not taking place with sufficient frequency to avoid any risk of contamination.
There were also reports of dried food and dirt embedded in food storage containers and equipment in which food was stored; the shelves on which food and food preparation equipment are stored were encrusted with dirt and grease; no labeling on pre-prepared foods stored in the refrigerator or on foods stored frozen; a lack of traceability systems and procedures; and frozen meals containing high-risk ingredients were produced on-site but not maintained at the correct temperature.
“It is unacceptable that we continue to see non-compliance with food safety legislation. Food business operators who fail to meet their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene potentially put the health of their customers at risk,” said FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne.
“Enforcement orders and more specifically closure orders and restraining orders are only served on food businesses when a serious risk to consumer health has been identified or when there are a number of violations serious about food law.
“Enforcement orders are not served for minor offences.”