A plastic bag filled with cows’ hooves and five plastic bags of cow skin found in a Dublin take away were just some of the unusual items which were the subject of prohibition orders for May, the Food safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported today.

Following the discovery of the bags at Johnson Best Food (take away), 86A Summerhill, Dublin 1, a prohibition orders was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations.

Commenting on these latest Enforcement Orders, Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI, stated: “Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards to ensure the food they are producing is safe to consume. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices.”

The FSAI today also reported that three Closure Orders and one further Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of May for breaches of food safety legislation. The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

Three Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Edward Harrigans (public house) (Closed Area: kitchen and associated areas), Main Street, Newbridge, Kildare
  • Dragon Boat Chinese & Thai Restaurant, Old Church Street, Cahir, Tipperary
  • Mizzonis (take away), 43 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

The FSAI also report that during the month of May, a successful prosecution was carried out by the Health Service Executive against Jack O’Neill’s (public house), Unit 1, Block C, Tyrrelstown Centre, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 (this premises is now under new ownership).

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premise is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.