Nine food businesses closed last month over food safety breaches

There were also three successful prosecutions in October

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) say 10 enforcement orders were served on food businesses during October.

These were for breaches of food safety legislation.

The orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and veterinary inspectors in Mayo County Council.

Four closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Sunnybank Hotel (Closed area: Public bar only), 68 - 70 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Millars Restaurant (adjoining pub remains open), Ballydangan, Athlone, Roscommon
  • Shan (restaurant/café), 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
  • K&C Norton Wholesale Foods Limited, Unit 5C, Ballymount Road Lower, Ballymount Trading Estate, Ballymount, Dublin 12

While five closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Dynasty Chinese Restaurant & Take Away, Unit 9, Ballymun Town Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 11
  • 7 Star Pizza (take-away), (Closed area: potato peeling and chip production room on first floor), 68 Main Street, Mallow, Cork
  • Midnight Express (take-away), Main Street, Mullagh, Cavan
  • Bella House (restaurant/café), Castle Street, Kells, Meath
  • CoCo Asian & Chinese Takeaway, Main Street, Ballingarry, Limerick

And one prohibition order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Mr Paul Howley (wholesaler/distributor), Ross, Castlebar, Mayo

Last month there were also three successful prosecutions in relation to one hotel, namely:

  • Glide Path Limited, Jackson's Hotel, Glenfin Street, Ballybofey, Donegal
  • Jackson’s Hotel Ltd in Receivership, Jackson's Hotel, Glenfin Street, Ballybofey, Donegal
  • Stephen Tennant, Jackson's Hotel, Glenfin Street, Ballybofey, Donegal

Commenting on the enforcement orders, chief executive of the FSAI Dr Pamela Byrne stressed the importance of food safety management systems.

"Food safety is of crucial importance for public health and there can be no excuses from non-compliant food businesses.

"The serving of 10 enforcement orders shows the importance of having a robust food inspection system to check that food businesses are complying with the food safety laws.

"It is vital for consumers’ health that this system of inspection and food testing is maintained to ensure that action is taken to deal with food businesses that put public health at risk.

Food business owners need to take full responsibility for food safety training of all their staff, including the management, to ensure the highest standards are maintained."