The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) stated this week that twelve Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of July – making last month one of the highest in ten years for Enforcement Orders issued. In response, the FSAI is reminding food business operators of their responsibility to fully comply with their legal obligations for food safety.
The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and by sea-fisheries protection officers in the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority for breaches in food safety legislation, in accordance with the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
Daniel's take-away, 32 Strand Street, Kanturk, Cork
KK Kitchen, Unit 44, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Dublin 15
Rathnew Chinese Take-Away, Rockville House, Main Street, Rathnew, Wicklow
Whelan's Bar (closure of kitchen and food storage area only),14 Denmark Street, Limerick
Rosie O'Gradys public house (closure of kitchen area), Main Street, Borris In Ossory, Laois
Kebab King take-away, Main Street, Millstreet, Cork
Zaika restaurant, 37 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2
Cromane Mussels (trading as Skellig Seafoods), Stookisland, Cromane, Killorglin, Kerry
Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
Royal China restaurant, 2 Bank Place, Railway Street, Portlaoise, Laois
Cafe Hoggar, Norseman Court, Manor Street, Dublin 7
New Jasmine House restaurant, Aiden Street, Kiltimagh, Mayo
Cafe Stop (under appeal) (partial closure which applies to seated restaurant and specific kitchen activities), Main Street., Miltown Malbay, Clare
One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
Bimdoc Cash & Carry, Business Centre, Jamestown Business Park, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11
Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI said that, “Compared to July 2011, we saw a fourfold increase in the number of Closure Orders served last month, making July 2012 one of the highest months for enforcements over the last ten years. This increase is extremely disappointing and serves as a stark reminder that there continues to be food business operators who put consumers’ health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene.”
“Food business operators must recognise that the legal onus is on them to be responsible and ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat. We are re-emphasising to all food businesses the need for rigorous compliance with food safety and hygiene standards. The FSAI and the inspectorate will not hold back in taking action against those food businesses that fail to comply with food safety legislation,” continued Prof. Reilly.
Prof Reilly states it is imperative that food businesses 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.