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Food standards

Pub kitchen at centre of salmonella probe among latest outlets closed over food safety

Seven closure orders and one prohibition order were served by the FSAI last month.

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A PUB KITCHEN closed following an outbreak of salmonella in north Dublin last month is among eight closure and prohibition orders issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in May.

The kitchen of O’Dwyers Bar & Grill – also known as the Golf Links – on Strand Road in Portmarnock was served with a closure order on 19 May.

The kitchen is operated by Flanreil Food Services Ltd, which is the company that has been served with the closure order.

That outbreak led one of the country’s top health officials, Dr Kevin Kelleher, to warn people to take extra food safety precautions in the wake of the spread of the illness.

Seven closure orders have been detailed by the FSAI today, together with one prohibition order. The seven businesses are:

  • Maid of Erin pub, Tipperary town
  • O’Dwyers pub, Portmarnock, Co Dublin
  • Tasty Bite takeaway, Manorcunningham, Co Donegal
  • Tropica, Bray, Co Wicklow (order lifted one week after being served)
  • Food production area in Londis, Sandyford, Dublin 18 (order lifted the following day)
  • Yo & More, Swords, Co Dublin
  • Zam Zam Kebab House, Sligo (order lifted the following day)

The sole prohibition order, which sees a business ordered not to sell a particular item or items of produce, was served on Dublin sushi outlet Kokoro at its Liffey Street branch.

That order related to bags of salmon mayonnaise, smoked salmon, salmon teriyaki, raw chicken, and raw beef being removed from sale.

Closure orders by the FSAI can be served under Irish (the FSAI act 1998) or European legislation.

The authority issues notice of closure orders served on a monthly basis, albeit without details of why the order was served.

62 such orders were served on restaurants and takeaways across the country in 2016.

Read: 11 workers taken to hospital after ‘uncontrolled release’ in Poolbeg incinerator

Read: Thai and Chinese restaurants among food outlets served with closure orders last month

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