THE FOOD SAFETY Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and HSE combined to serve six closure orders, one prohibition order and two prosecutions on food businesses in June.
The orders were brought under both the FSAI Act, 1998 and EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
They were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.
The five businesses served with closure orders under the FSAI Act were:
- Golden Palace (take away), Main Street Lower, Dungloe, Co. Donegal
- Express Pizza and Kebab (take away), 8A East Beach, Cobh, Co. Cork
- Munchies (take away), Emmet Street, Tubbercurry, Sligo
- Holy Crepe Tasty Tasty (food stall), Dunraven, Castlepark, Kinsale, Cork
- East Oriental (take away), Unit 5, Brabazon Hall, Ardee Street, Dublin 8
A closure order was made under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on the Mace supermarket on Main Street, Carrigtohill, Cork. The closed area was the delicatessen food preparation area and delicatessen walk-in cold storage and walk-in freezer.
A prohibition order was made against Dragon Buffet on Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Two successful prosecutions were carried out by the Health Service Executive in relation to:
- Millview Inn (public house), Chapel Street, Stranorlar, Donegal
- Lebanese Kitchen (manufacturer), Unit 97 Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
The Millview Inn had costs of €1,347 awarded against it, while Lebanese Kitchen was ordered to pay over €10,600 in fines and costs.
The FSAI does not expand on the reasons the orders were issued and all except the one against Holy Crepe were lifted at the time of publication. Most were lifted within days of their issuance.
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said that all food businesses must operate stringent food safety procedures in order to protect consumers’ health.
“The vast majority of food businesses in Ireland must be commended for adhering to the highest of food safety standards, but there continues to be a number of food businesses lagging behind.
“These food businesses served with the enforcement orders reflect badly on the entire food industry and can discourage consumer confidence. Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat.”