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Seven enforcement orders issued by Food Safety Authority in May

Meanwhile, the HSE prosecuted a Tesco Extra branch in Carton Park, Maynooth after customer complaints over chicken.

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THE FOOD SAFETY Authority of Ireland issued seven enforcement orders on food businesses last month, while the HSE took a prosecution against a Tesco Extra branch in Maynooth.

The prosecution was taken against Tesco Extra, Carton Park in Maynooth after customer complaints in late March about unpleasant-smelling chicken for sale in the store. Three charges were brought against the store under EC (General Food Law) Regulations 2007 concerning placing unsafe food on the market, food storage conditions, and storage temperatures.

After pleading guilty, the store paid a €12,000 charitable donation and the HSE’s costs.

In May, three closure orders were issued under the FSAI Act 1998, one prohibition order was issued under the same Act, and three closure orders were issued under EC regulations on the control of foodstuffs.

The closure orders were issued to:

  • Doonan Ltd, trading as the Grand Hotel on Abbey Street in Wicklow town (note: the order concerns the closure of the kitchen and restaurant facilities)
  • Delicious Kebab, Castle Street, Roscommon
  • Smith’s Supervalue (note: the baking section only), Monksland, Athlone
  • Walsh Brothers Catering Ltd, Bia Bus foodstall trading at unit 4a Rosemount Business Pk, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • Alcorisa Ltd, trading as Issacs Bar & Bistro (note: the kitchen and food room only), Church Lane, Midleton, Co Cork
  • Hyland’s Traditional Fish and Chips take-away, 4 Watergate Street, Navan

The prohibition order was served on Thanh Cong Chinese take-away of Unit 13 Clonshaugh Shopping Centre, Priorswood, Coolock, Dublin 13.

FSAI CEO Prof Alan Reilly said it was disappointing that some food business operators did not comply with the law, particularly given the risk that summer’s higher temperatures can bring for food safety.

““Most especially at this time of year when we are experiencing varying and increasing temperatures, food businesses must be on higher alert to ensure temperature control is adequate for food storage and all other best practices in food hygiene are followed rigidly,” he said in a statement. “Food safety and hygiene standards must not be permitted to slip to such levels that consumer health is put at risk.”

Reilly noted that the FSAI’s helpline (1890 33 66 77) is manned by trained advisers and is available for any food business that needs advice, support or assistance, and further information about food safety is available on the FSAI website.

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