Seven Closure Orders and four Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of May according to The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The orders were served by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and veterinary inspectors in the local authorities.
Breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, were the reason for the Enforcement Orders.
Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan;
- M&P Traditional Meat and Food Product operating within the establishment trading as Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan;
- Rimantas Meats (small meat manufacturing plant), Site 2, Unit 1, Belturbet Business Park, Creeny, Belturbet, Cavan;
- Garda Recreation Club (Restaurant/Café) (Closed area: All areas related to food and drink), Westmanstown Sports Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15.
Three Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Orient (Restaurant/Café), (Closed activity: all aspects relating to the production, sale and distribution of foods using raw fish and/or acidified rice including sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi), Unit 1, Castlemill Shopping Centre, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
- Pimientos (Restaurant/Café), 10 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath
- Tim Nessa (Retailer), 18 Davis Street, Limerick
- Three Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Produced/ located at Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
- Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
- Rimantas Meats (small meat manufacturing plant), Site 2, Unit 1, Belturbet Business Park, Creeny, Belturbet, Cavan
One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Blasta Street Kitchen (manufacturer), Seveagh, Glaslough, Monaghan.
Reasons for the Enforcement Orders include:
- Evidence of the cutting of meat in a room adjacent to the toilets;
- Rodent droppings present throughout a premises, including kitchen, bar and carvery areas;
- Food handlers displaying poor knowledge of food hygiene requirements, demonstrated by poor operational practices;
- A lack of confidence in management’s ability to manage food safety;
- Raw meat for the production of sausages being held at potentially unsafe temperatures pending processing;
- A sausage production area was found in a generally dirty and unhygienic condition;
- And chefs who could not tell how long raw fish for sushi had been in a freezer.
Failing to adequately train staff
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI reiterated that some food businesses are failing to adequately train their staff in food safety practices, and this is leading to unhygienic premises which are putting the health of consumers at risk.
“During the month of May, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation. It is not acceptable that any staff in food businesses are failing to demonstrate satisfactory food hygiene knowledge and skills”.
She added that “Food businesses must act responsibly to prevent these serious breaches of food legislation.”
“Non-compliance of food safety legislation by food businesses will not be tolerated and will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” Dr Byrne concluded.
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