The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued 11 closure orders on food businesses in June.
These were handed out by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) for breaches of food safety legislation.
Six closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Centra Kennas (Retailer - Other), 68 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7
- His Food (Restaurant/Café), Moore Street Mall, 58-66 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- Steam, Asian Street Food (Restaurant/Café), Kitchen 4, Moore Street Mall, Moore Street, Dublin 1
- Mroz (Retailer - Other), Moore Street Mall, 58-66 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- Gorace Gary (Restaurant/Café), Moore Street Mall, 58-66 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- Burger Bite (Take Away), Main Street, Foynes, Limerick
Five closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Hamdan's Kebab House (Restaurant/Café), The Square, Galbally, Limerick
- Le Fermier (Restaurant/Café), Haymarket, Carlow
- The Indian Castle Restaurant (Restaurant/Café), 21 Upper Castle Street, Tralee, Kerry
- Nuremore Hotel & Country Club (Closed area: main kitchen and function kitchen) (Service Sector - residential),
- Carrickmacross, Monaghan
- Golden Sea Restaurant (Restaurant/Café), Thomas Street, Castlebar, Mayo
At Le Fermier at Haymarket in Carlow, an open cut and fresh blood was seen on the food business operator's finger.
The FSAI said only a piece of blue paper towel was being used to cover the cut - which was still bleeding - and a disposable glove was being worn on this hand.
When asked to apply a proper cover to the cut, he would not apply one.
When asked to wash his hands, the inspector was told that he did not want to get his hand wet.
At Centra Kennas in Cabra, Dublin 7, numerous rat droppings were found under the suspended floor at the ice-cream deli and surrounding area.
There were also numerous rat droppings at ground level behind the whipped ice-cream machine.
At Steam Asian Street Food on Moore Street, the FSAI said it had failed to implement adequate procedures to control pests.
A live cockroach was found on a cockroach trap under an equipment sink in the kitchen, as well as dead cockroaches on food contact equipment (such as strainers).
A dead mouse was also found at the entrance to the kitchen.
And at Burger Bite on Main Street, Foynes in Limerick, there was no hot water at any wash hand baisin or sink at the premises.
Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the FSAI, says: "It is extremely disappointing to find that June is the highest month so far this year for closer orders served on food businesses."
"Summer is a busy time of year for food businesses and systems must be put in place to cope with the increase in customers and at a time when outside temperatures can be a lot higher.
"Bacteria in food can multiply quickly in warm weather and food businesses must ensure that food is stored at correct temperatures.
"In June we saw a number of failures in pest control procedures resulting in a number of closure orders.
"These businesses are putting their customers at unnecessary risk of becoming sick through these poor hygiene practices and it will not be tolerated."