According to reports from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (www.fsai.ie) six closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses across the country during January for breaches of food safety legislation. In addition to orders being issued by environmental health officers (EHOs) from the Health Service Executive (HSE), orders were also served by sea-fisheries protection officers in the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.
The prohibition order served under the FSAI Act 1998 was served on Shellfish De La Mer (fish processing ) Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Four closure orders were served under the FSAI Act 1998 as follows:
- A1 Kebab (Takeaway) Castle Street, Roscommon
- River View Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway, Abbey Street, Tipperary Town
- Grill To Chill (Takeaway), Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny
- Clare’s Pizzeria (takeaway), 54 New Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Two closure orders were served under the EC (Official controls of foodstuffs) Regulations 2010 as follows:
- Giles Brothers Fish Shop, 167 Phibsborough, Dublin 7
- Green Masala Indian Takeaway & Restaurant, Westgate, Wexford
Commenting on the enforcement orders, the FSAI chief executive Prof. Alan Reilly said: “Full compliance with food safety and hygiene standards is essential for all food businesses. There is absolutely no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. We are urging businesses to take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI to ensure that they have the correct food safety management systems in place.”
In addition to the above enforcement orders, the FSAI also stated that two successful prosecutions were carried out by the Health Service Executive on:
- Tralee Central Hotel, Maine Street, Tralee, Co Kerry
- Salvadors/The Med (restaurant), High Street, Killarney, Co Kerry