Twelve closure orders served on food businesses in July

Fade Street Social in Dublin was among those served with a closure order, which has since been lifted

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued twelve closure orders and one prohibition order on food businesses during the month of July.

Five orders were served under the FSAI Act, while the remainder came under EC regulations.

One prohibition order was served, under EC regulations, to Kearney's Restaurant in Tallow Co. Waterford.

The HSE also carried out a prosecution of the Dragon Inn Chinese Take Away (now under new ownership) on Barrack Street in Waterford city.

The five businesses ordered to close under the FSAI Act were:

  • Blueberries “Pop Up” (restaurant), No. 13 Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Cork
  • Fade Street Social (restaurant), 4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2
  • The Spice House (restaurant), 2 Church Street, Cavan
  • Nite Star (take away), Main Street, Glenties, Donegal
  • Majas Virtue (food stall), Trading at Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Under the FSAI Act, a closure order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises; or where an improvement order is not complied with. Closure orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities. 

The seven closure orders served under EC Regulations were:

  • Chen’s Chinese Take Away, Parnell Street, Mountmellick, Laois
  • Cashel Take Away Foodstall, Cashel, Achill, Mayo
  • The Jolly Roger, Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, Cork - (closed activity: food production, handling and storage)
  • Sandyford House (restaurant),Sandyford Village, Sandyford, Dublin 18- (kitchen and food service areas only)
  • Azeem Meat and Grocery (butcher), 2 Pound Street, Edgeworthstown, Longford
  • Lucky Dragon (take away), 70 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7
  • Craigs Fresh (wholesale), Drumnabratty, Raphoe, Donegal

These closure orders are served where there is a non-compliance with food legislation.

Commenting on the number of enforcement orders served in July, FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne said: "There are simply no excuses for putting consumers’ health at risk through sub-standard food hygiene practices. 

"The summer months are busy months for food businesses and systems must be put in place to cope with the increase in customers. 

"We are re-emphasising to all food businesses that they must comply with food safety and hygiene laws at all times."

The majority of the closure orders have since been lifted.