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Was your favourite Chinese closed down by the Food Safety Authority?

Ten food businesses were hit with closure orders last month – including a number of Chinese and Indian takeaways.

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TEN BUSINESSES WERE served with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month – including takeaways and restaurants in Dublin, Mayo and Meath.

Under food safety legislation a closure order is issued where it’s deemed there’s likely to be “a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises” or where less serious improvement orders aren’t complied with.

They can be lifted by the FSAI once issues are addressed.

The following four businesses were hit with closure orders under the FSAI Act:

  • Canton House (restaurant), 2 Bath Street, Dublin 4
  • Sweet Nosh (restaurant), Unit 6, Chatham Street, Dublin 2
  • Tikka Balti (take away), 404 South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Brandon Bay Lodge/B&B (closed area: the kitchen), Killshanig, Maharees, Castlegregory, Kerry

And the following six were served with closure orders under EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations:

  • Jade Dragon (restaurant), North Mall, Westport, Mayo
  • Gleeson’s Bakery, Lewis Lane, Connolly Street, Nenagh, Tipperary
  • Nan’s (take away), 3 Applewood Village, Swords, Co. Dublin
  • Jade Palace (restaurant), 1st Floor of Orchard Bar, Applewood Village, Swords, Co. Dublin
  • Caspian’s (restaurant), Main Street, Kiltimagh, Mayo
  • Rishab’s Tandoori House (restaurant), Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

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

  • Kamaceuticals Ltd (fruit & vegetable processor), Burdautien, Clones, Monaghan

And a further prohibition order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Mad Cow Milkshakes Burgers & Kebabs (take away), 1 Annamoe Road, Cabra, Dublin 7

Prohibition orders are issued if the activities like handling, processing or distribution “are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food”.

The sale of the product is prohibited as a result – either temporarily or permanently.

“We continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation,” FSAI CEO Pamela Byrne said.

“There are still some 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 these negligent practices.

“Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat.”

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Daragh Brophy

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