FIVE CLOSURE ORDERS were served on businesses last month for breaches of food safety legislation.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) released its latest report today, which shows that closure orders were served to the following premises in February, under the FSAI Act 1998:
- Express Pizza (takeaway), 6 Lord Edward Street, Limerick
- Punjab Pantry (takeaway), 39 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2
- Synergy Subs Ltd t/a Subway (restaurant/café), Mellview House, M1 Retail Park, Drogheda, Louth
Two further closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010 to the below premises:
- Jalapeno Mexican Cuisine Ltd (restaurant/café), 46 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
- Culleton’s Fish & Chips (restaurant/café), Main Street, Bansha, Tipperary
The enforcement orders were issued by environmental health officers from the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Potentially putting consumers at risk
Commenting on the orders served in February, Dr Pamela Byrne, the FSAI’s Chief Executive, said all food businesses in Ireland should fully understand their legal obligation to ensure consumers are not exposed to unsafe food.
“Closure Orders, regardless of the legislation under which they were served, indicate that not all food businesses are complying with the law and, as a result, are potentially putting consumers’ health at serious risk.
It is highly important that food businesses have a strong food safety culture in their business, which can be achieved through ongoing training of all members of their team. Failure to recognise the importance of food safety in a food business reflects poorly not only on that business, but also on the entire food industry.
Bryne added that the FSAI “provides significant resources to support food businesses in understanding their food safety legal obligations, but time and time again food inspectors are encountering basic errors being made by food businesses which are easily avoidable”.
More information can be read on the FSAI’s website.