The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued nine enforcement orders on businesses last month.
Four closure orders and five prohibition orders were served in November for breaches of food safety legislation - relating to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
Eight of the enforcement orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE), and one by local authority veterinary inspectors in Mayo County Council.
One closure order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on Ming Court Restaurant, Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin 15.
One prohibition order was issued under the FSAI Act, 1998 on Andarl Farm (cold store), Brickens, Claremorris in Co Mayo.
Three closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Legends (take away), 63 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
- Pizza House (take away), Kilmacow, Kilkenny
- Brennans Pork Shop (butcher), 7&8 Dublin Street, Carlow
And four prohibition orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- O’Connor Butchers, The Square, Dromcollogher, Limerick
- Crusts (manufacturer/packer), Unit 41, Millennium Trade Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
- Bombay Bazaar (supermarket), Unit 25 Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5
- Forte Restaurant and Take Away, Castle Street, Roscommon
A successful prosecution was also carried out by the HSE on Kungfu Buffet (restaurant), Unit 2 at the Phibsborough Shopping Centre, Phibsborough Road in Dublin 7.
Commenting on the enforcement orders, Dr Pamela Byrne - chief executive of the FSAI - warned that the legal onus is on food businesses to ensure they fully comply with food safety food legislation at all times.
"Food safety must be paramount. There can be zero tolerance for negligent practices that potentially put consumers’ health at risk," she said.
"It is particularly important in the lead up to the busy Christmas period that food businesses ensure they can cope safely with the increased volumes of food they may supply".