Nine closure orders and seven prohibition orders were served on food businesses during the month of July for breaches of food safety legislation, The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported this morning.
The FSAI orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and sea-fisheries protection officers in the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.
Four closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on: The Blueberry Restaurant, Moyvalley, Kildare; The Larder (restaurant), 8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2; Red Parrot (public house), 57-58 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1; and New Millennium Chinese Restaurant, 51 South King Street, Dublin 2.
Five closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on: Creedon’s Hotel (Closed area: Main kitchen and rear-yard store room), Inchigeela, Macroom, Cork; Kebab Bites (take-away), Unit 4, Redmond Square, Wexford; Sur La Mer (restaurant), Rosslare Strand, Wexford; and Great Stuff Caterers (Storage shed & garage only) (Under appeal) (distributor/transporter), N25, Cork Road, Midleton, Cork; Pizza Palace (restaurant), Temple House, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Wexford.
In addition, four prohibition orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on: North West Shellfish Ltd. (aquaculture production site), Upper Carrick, Carrigare, Letterkenny, Donegal; New Millennium Chinese Restaurant, 51 South King Street, Dublin 2; Red Parrot (public house), 57-58 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1; Pizza Max (take- away), 25 Annamoe Terrace, Dublin 7.
Three Prohibition Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on: Meadow Grove Stores (cash & carry), 95 Meadow Park Estate, Ringmahon Road, Blackrock, Cork; Mr Bryan Allen, Food Stall operating at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary; and Tom McCall (cash & carry), Crosslow, Tullow, Carlow.
A successful prosecution was brought against Mr John Johnson, Bimdoc Cash & Carry, Business Centre, Jamestown Business Park, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11.
Prof Alan Reilly, chief executive of FSAI, warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety, ensure full compliance with food regulations and demand high standards from their suppliers.
“This is another high monthly total of enforcement orders, with seven prohibition orders served last month, which is a new and worrying record. These prohibition orders force food businesses to withdraw unsafe or illegal food from the market. We warn food businesses to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat, and obtained from reputable suppliers. It is vital that all batches of food are fully traceable and labelled correctly, and that food businesses know it has been produced and stored safely and hygienically. The integrity of the food supply chain relies on every food business playing its part,” he said.
If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website.