Seven closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has stressed that standards cannot be allowed slip. 

According to the FSAI, closure orders were served on: Davak Superstores (grocery), 17 Bolton Street, Drogheda, Louth; 10 Thousand Restaurant, 39 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1; Tasty Grill (restaurant), 39 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2; The Morning Star Food Hall (grocery) (Closed area: Store area only), Townparks, Commons Road, Navan, Co Meath; Utterly Nutty (bakery/confectionery), Bakery Mews, Kenmare, Kerry; Tralee Central Hotel, Maine Street, Tralee, Kerry;  and Planet Spice (restaurant), 51 Church Street, Tullamore, Offaly.

Also during the month, prosecutions were brought against A1 Cafe Limited, Cafe India, Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Tullamore, Offaly and Mr John Muldowney, The Old Bank House Restaurant, 17 Main Street, Portlaoise, Laois.

In a statement, FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly said vigilance is always required in relation to food safety and that standards must not be permitted to slip to such levels that consumer health is put at risk.

“While most food businesses are committed to high standards for the health of their customers, this is not always the case.  We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation don’t occur.  There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices.”

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