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Food Safety

Montessori among 11 closure orders over food safety concerns

Twelve enforcement orders were served on businesses by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, it said today.

ELEVEN BUSINESSES WERE served with closure orders and one with a prohibition order in March, the Food Safety Authority reported today.

The FSAI said that 11 closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during the month of March for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The enforcement orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive. Among those who received the orders were a montessori, butcher and hotel.

Closure orders

Four closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Lucey’s Ltd (butcher) (closed area: ready-to-eat deli counter and salad production kitchen), 57 Main Street, Mallow, Cork
  • The White House Hotel (closed area: the kitchen), Main Street, Ballinlough, Roscommon
  • Indian Royale (restaurant), Market Centre, Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal
  • The Pitstop (take-away), 30 Connaught Street, Athlone, Westmeath

Seven closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Aisling Foundation (food supplements supplier), Unit 4B Enterprise Centre, Bantry, Cork
  • Alminna Wholesale Foods Ltd (delicatessen), Unit 7, Enterprise Park, Cookstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Dublin Duona Bakery, Unit 6L Ballymount Industrial Estate, Ballymount, Dublin 12
  • Lituanica (butcher) (closed activities: handling, processing and sale of open cooked meats), Unit 1, The Maieston, Santry Cross, Ballymun, Dublin 11
  • Fahy’s Bar, 71 Bohermore, Galway City, Galway
  • China Garden (restaurant), Dominick Street, Mullingar, Westmeath
  • Little Treasures Naionra, montessori and afterschool (closed activity: use of a lobby as a kitchen for food and equipment storage; food preparation and other food related activities), 143 Bridgemeadows, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Wexford

One prohibition order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Real Brasil Food Limited (grocery), Clarendon House, 34-37 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2

Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, expressed his disappointment at the continuously high number of closure orders:

We continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation. Time and time again, we encounter cases of food business operators who are potentially putting their customers’ health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices,.

If any food business operator is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website.

Details of the food businesses served with these enforcement orders are published on the FSAI’s website.

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