Do you know any of these places?
According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), four shutdown orders and one ban order were served on Irish food companies in August.
Enforcement orders were issued for food safety law violations, in accordance with the FSAI 1998 and European Union regulations (official food law controls), 2020 by health workers environment of the HSE and FSAI officers.
Two closure orders were served under European Union regulations on:
- J2 Sushi & Bento (Closed activities: part of the activities of the company, its establishments, operations or other premises must cease, namely the preparation and sale of sushi and sashimi), 75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin ( published on 8/24/2021 and closed on 8/31/2021)
- Hempture and Hempland (All activities of the food business, its establishments, operations or other premises and websites and social media sites operated by the food business must cease for the purpose of bringing food to market), 6 , 6a, 7, 7a Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1 (published 6/8/2021)
Two closure orders were also served under the FSAI Act of 1998 on:
- Johnny’s Grub Hub (Closed area: food prep and cooking shed adjacent to food stand), Pickardstown, Tramore, Waterford (published 8/31/2021)
- Good Coffee Matters Food Stall (Closed area: i.e. abandoned building adjacent to food stall used for food storage and toilets), Commerce in Drumkeenan, Roscrea, Tipperary (published 03/08/2021)
A prohibition order was served under the FSAI Act of 1998 on:
- Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited, Liosban Industrial Estate, Galway (issued 8/18/2021 and lifted 8/24/2021)
Under the FSAI of 1998, a closure order is served when it is considered 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.
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.
Orders may be lifted when the premises have improved to the satisfaction of the authorized officer.
A prohibition order is issued under the FSAI Act if the activities of a food business involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to the public health of a product, class, batch or of a particular food.
The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, whether temporarily or permanently.
Among the reasons for the execution orders in August were the lack of running water in the building which contained the toilets, a dead bird having been found in the premises; no controls are in place to control the risk associated with the storage, preparation and offering for sale of sushi and sashimi and an oven stored on the floor that could cause food contamination.
“Protective clothing was stained and stored unprotected in an open yard; an abandoned building which contained the toilets and the storage of certain foodstuffs was in an extremely dirty condition, as evidenced by dirt, grime and waste in general; failure to ensure that the competent authority had up-to-date information on the range of activities carried out in the establishment; placing unsafe food on the market ”were other reasons listed.
The dead bird was found on the premises of Good Coffee Matters.
In a statement, FSAI Executive Director Dr Pamela Byrne warned that there is a legal responsibility for food companies to act responsibly and ensure that the food they provide to customers is healthy to eat.
“There is no excuse for behavior that could endanger the health of consumers. We again call on all food companies to fully comply with food safety procedures and hygiene legislation, ”she said.
“Consumers have a right to safe food and, in turn, food companies have a legal obligation to ensure that what they provide is safe to eat. All food business owners must ensure that their business is in compliance with food law at all times. “