The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued seven enforcement orders last month, resulting in the temporary closure of six outlets, while another was issued a prohibition order.
The following businesses were affected:
Three Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
Three Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Lebanese Tapas (restaurant/café), 21-22 Blackrock Market, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
- China Tower (restaurant/café), Main Street, Ballybofey, Donegal
- Gunnings (grocery), Rathconrath, Westmeath
One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1988 on:
- Hailan Asian Cuisine Restaurant, 2 Mahers Terrace, Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin 14
- Plaza Inn (take away) 7 Sundrive Road, Dublin 12
- Indiana (restaurant/café), 22 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford
- Rene Cusack Ltd (fish processing), The Food Centre, Raheen Industrial Estate, Raheen, Limerick
Cliffords Bar in Crookstown, Cork was also prosecuted during the month for a food hygiene breach - it resulted in a €1,200 fine.
So far in 2017, 16 closure orders have been issued.
Last year, a total of 94 businesses were forced to close by FSI following serious breaches of food safety laws.
Commenting on the Enforcement Orders served in March, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said, "The legal responsibility for producing food that is safe to eat rests with food businesses.
"Enforcement Orders and most especially Closure Orders and Prohibition Orders are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been identified or where there are a number of ongoing serious breaches of food legislation."
She added that these orders are not served for minor breaches and that food inspectors have a range of other powers that they can use to deal with less serious issues.