The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued six enforcement orders on food businesses in February.
These were for breaches of food safety legislation.
The enforcement orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Anu's Kitchen, Unit 3, Glen Abbey Complex, Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
- Costa Coffee, Pearse Street, Ballina, Co Mayo
- Camile Thai (Closed area: upstairs attic storage space) (Restaurant/Café), Looney's Cross, Bishopstown, Co Cork
- Polish Grocery Janosiki (Closed area: the rear external yard which was being used to smoke meats), 17 Mary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
Two Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- LuckyMe Limited (Retailer), Unit 3 & 4, 90 Lagn Road, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
- Polish Grocery Janosiki, 17 Mary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
At the Costa Coffee outlet in Ballina, an inspection found evidence of "significant rodent activity" with droppings apparent at several locations.
This included a store room used to hold food packaging, equipment, cleaning equipment and agents, as well as a room in which plastic cups were stored.
At the Camile Thai in Bishopstown the FSAI said there were rodent droppings throughout a storage space used for food and food contact materials.
While at LuckyMe Limited in Glasnevin, inspectors said there were "assorted unidentified and untraceable processed meat items" in a walk-in freezer.
"The food business operator was unable to verify from whom they had been supplied with the unidentified meats.
"The food business operator failed to have in place systems and procedures which allow for this information to be made available on demand", it said.
Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive, said: "February's enforcement orders demonstrate the importance of regular and consistent checks by businesses to ensure safe food practices are in place and adhered to in the interest of protecting consumer health.
"There are no excuses for food business owners failing to comply with all relevant food safety and hygiene standards.
"It is a legal responsibility.
"Contamination of food and inadequate food safety management systems can lead to immediate danger to consumer health.
"This remains one of the main reasons why food inspectors are forced to serve enforcement orders on non-compliant food businesses".
Main image: File photo of a Costa outlet in 2013 | Image: Andreas Gebert/DPA/PA Images