The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) made 9 Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order on food businesses for breaches of food safety legislation during last month.
Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in January include a dead rodent found in the kitchen of a medical assessment unit, rodent droppings found behind kitchen equipment, an active cockroach infestation and black mould evident in food storage containers.
The Chief Executive of the FSAI said that it highlighted the need for food businesses to implement a rigorous pest control system.
"Pests and insects can pose a grave risk to human health. Our inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations in food businesses," said Dr Pamela Byrne.
"Implementing and maintaining a pest control system is a basic requirement, and is of the highest importance for food business operators.
"They have a duty of care to their customers to serve food that is safe to eat. There is no excuse for bad practice.”
Some of the other thing found by food safety officers included raw fish to be used in sushi products was stored next to raw chicken in the cold room; frozen fish defrosting at room temperature; inadequate pest proofing of external drains of a medical assessment unit and staff hygiene practices posing a risk to food safety.
January Enforcement Orders
- Five Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Sabore Nordetino Dublin (Restaurant/Café), Moore Street Mall, 58 – 66 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- Indias Taste (Take Away), Bridgewater Hall, 17 – 19 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1
- King’s Chinese Take Away, Main Street, Daingean, Offaly
- Orient Express (Take Away), Main Street, Bruree, Limerick
- The Quays Restaurant, 10 – 12 Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Four Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Sushida (Take Away),(Closed activity: The storage, handling and preparation of sandwiches and sandwich fillings (including but not limited to preparing sandwiches, wraps, filled baguettes and other similar items and the slicing of cooked meats and cheeses), Unit 1, Malpas Court, 116 – 117 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8
- Hokkaido (Restaurant/Café) (Closed activity: The preparation, storage and sale of sushi and associated products), 15 Main Street, Celbridge, Kildare
- Big Bite (Take Away), Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath
- Our Lady’s Hospital (Closed area: Kitchenette Medical Assessment Unit & Kitchenette Female Medical Ward), Athboy Road, Navan, Meath
- One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Miss Fit Enterprises Limited, Unit 14, Block P Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin
- During the month of January, two prosecutions were taken by the HSE in relation to:
- Mr. Kebab (Restaurant/Café), Main Street, Ballybunion, Kerry
- Ned Natterjacks (Restaurant/Café), West Main Street, Castlegregory, Kerry