Meat processor among firms served closure orders

A meat processor in Laois was among 10 companies who were issued with a closure orders last month. This is according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in its monthly update out today.

Meat processor Old Cheese Plant in Cuffsboro, Ballacolla, Laois was served a FSAI closure notice, along with Paddy Jack’s Foodstall in Temple Bar Food Market, Dublin 2, Heng Hui Foods, Westpoint Business Point Park, Tuam Road, Athlone, Roscommon; Munchin’s Grill in Westbury Centre, Parteen, Clare and Tandoori Masala, on the South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

In addition, five closure orders were served under EU legislation on the Railway Tavern Firebox Grill on Station Road, Fahan, Donegal; Gojinka, Manor Mall Shopping Centre in Swords, Dublin; Hot Woks in  Aston Village, Drogheda, Louth; Cedar Lodge in Carrigbyrne, Newbawn, Wexford and Saffron Tandori Indian Takeaway in Cabra, Dublin.

Commenting on these latest enforcement orders, Prof Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, said: “There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. Consumers have to be confident that the food they are consuming is safe to eat. Food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety at all times to ensure full compliance with food regulations, especially during the busy Christmas period when increased volumes of food are being supplied.”

Prof Reilly said the FSAI and enforcement officers will continue to use a zero-tolerance policy in relation to breaches of food safety legislation. He urged food 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.

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