According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, three Irish business were served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation during the month of November.
The food businesses were issued with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
The businesses affected were located in Dublin, Meath and Louth.
The companies told to close their doors were:
* AD Cash and Carry, Unit 3/4 St. James Industrial Park, Kylemore Way, Inchicore, Dublin 8 (Order served on 6 November, order lifted on 14 November)
* Canteen operated by Get Fresh (Vending) Ltd T/A Get Fresh Catering, Beaufort College, Trim Road, Navan, Meath (Order served on 10 November, order lifted on 15 November)
* China Town, Main Street Castlebellingham, Louth (Order served on 1 December)
FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne said:
“The FSAI has been publishing the names of food businesses served Enforcement Orders for over a decade. Our systems and processes now enable us to provide additional information which is in line with our objective to increase transparency as a regulator and to raise food safety and hygiene standards in food businesses. Enforcement Orders are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been established or where there are a number of ongoing serious breaches of food legislation.
We believe this initiative will help to dispel any misinformation regarding the reasons why Enforcement Orders are served and will also let other food businesses know some of the things to avoid in their premises.
There were ten Closure Orders served on food businesses in September and common non-compliances are filthy conditions and poor hygiene.
Some of the specific reasons the Orders were served this month include: evidence of rodent infestation; failure to maintain temperatures of foodstuffs; filthy conditions with aged dirt and debris; unsuitable food storage facilities; evidence of extensive cockroach infestation; and raw chicken stored on a dirty floor.”