Ten food businesses were served with enforcement orders from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) last month.
These were made up of nine closure orders and one prohibition order for breaches of food safety legislation.
The enforcement orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).
The five closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Sabore Nordetino Dublin (Restaurant/Café), Moore Street Mall, 58 - 66 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
- Indias Taste (Take Away), Bridgewater Hall, 17 - 19 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1
- King's Chinese Take Away, Main Street, Daingean, Offaly
- Orient Express (Take Away), Main Street, Bruree, Limerick
- The Quays Restaurant, 10 - 12 Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Four closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Sushida (Take Away),(Closed activity: The storage, handling and preparation of sandwiches and sandwich fillings (including but not limited to preparing sandwiches, wraps, filled baguettes and other similar items and the slicing of cooked meats and cheeses), Unit 1, Malpas Court, 116 - 117 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8
- Hokkaido (Restaurant/Café) (Closed activity: The preparation, storage and sale of sushi and associated products), 15 Main Street, Celbridge, Kildare
- Big Bite (Take Away), Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath
- Our Lady's Hospital (Closed area: Kitchenette Medical Assessment Unit & Kitchenette Female Medical Ward), Athboy Road, Navan, Meath
At Our Lady's Hospital, there was a report from a pest control company on December 12th 2018 that a "small rodent" was found dead in the kitchen of the medical assessment unit.
There were also rodent droppings found behind the kitchen equipment during an inspection on January 2nd 2019 - as well as evidence of inadequate pest-proofing of external drains.
While one Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Miss Fit Enterprises Limited, Unit 14, Block P Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin
- There were also two prosecutions taken by the HSE in relation to:
- Mr Kebab (Restaurant/Café), Main Street, Ballybunion, Kerry
- Ned Natterjacks (Restaurant/Café), West Main Street, Castlegregory, Kerry
Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the FSAI said: "Our inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations in food businesses.
"Implementing and maintaining a pest control system is a basic requirement, and is of the highest importance for food business operators.
"They have a duty of care to their customers to serve food that is safe to eat. There is no excuse for bad practice."