FSAI stress vigilance as 121 enforcement orders so far this year
So far this year more than 121 enforcement orders have been served by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and its CEO, Prof Alan Reilly has warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety at all times.
Nine closure orders and two prohibition orders were served on food businesses during the month of October for breaches of food safety legislation.
Among the closures by the FSAI were: Good World Restaurant, 18 Great George’s Street South, Dublin 2; The Parish Pump (public house), Rosbercon, New Ross, Wexford; Tasty Chinese Take Away, The Square, Dromcollogher, Limerick; Eurospar, its bakery and delicatessen counter; and Skerries Point Shopping Centre, Skerries, Dublin; Oriental Kitchen Ltd, Unit 5, Strand Centre, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co Dublin; Tom’s Bakery, Unit 3, Knocknabohilly Industrial Estate, Farmlane, Kinsale, Cork; The Village Takeaway, Kill, Waterford; Turkuaz Turkishk, 36 Washington Street, Cork.
Commenting on the continuing high level of enforcement orders, Prof Reilly warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety at all times, especially in the busy run up to Christmas, to ensure full compliance with food regulations.
“To date this year, 121 enforcement orders have been served, which is already more than we had in total last year, 109. There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. The legal onus is on all food businesses to ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat. It is of particular importance over the coming weeks that food businesses properly prepare for the lead up to Christmas and ensure that they can cope safely with the increased volumes of food they may supply,” stated Prof Reilly.
“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.”