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11th Oct 2022

‘Consumers have a right to safe food’ 7 Irish businesses hit with closure orders last month

Katy Thornton

Two well-known Dublin premises were included on the list.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that seven Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September.

The enforcement orders were issued for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and officers of the FSAI.

Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Bow Lane Restaurant, 17 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 (Issued 22/09/2022, lifted 27/09/2022)
  • Rustic Stone (Restaurant/Café), 17 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2 (Issued 15/09/2022, lifted 16/09/2022)

Five Closure Orders were served under European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:

  • Lee Kee Chinese Restaurant, 100a Parnell Street, Dublin 1 (Issued 27/09/2022)
  • Ocean Palace (Take Away), Unit 8A, Blackcastle Shopping Centre, Blackcastle, Navan, Meath (Issued 22/09/2022, lifted 29/09/2022)
  • Homesavers (Closed activities: The storage, display and sale of all foodstuffs on the entire premises shall be ceased with immediate effect) (Retailer), Unit 10, City East Retail Park, Ballysimon, Limerick (Issued 09/09/2022, lifted 23/09/2022)
  • Food business operated by Stillorgan Trading Post Limited trading as Swift Fine Foods at Unit 4, Cooltrimegish Business Park, Laragh, Castleblayney, Monaghan (Issued 07/09/2022, lifted 16/09/2022)
  • King Pizza (Take Away), Knocknagree, Cork (Issued 07/09/2022, lifted 14/09/2022)

Commenting on the Closure Orders served in September, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, said that a lack of pest control procedures is unacceptable.

“It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have a robust food safety management system in place that also ensures a high level of pest control,” she said.

“However, time after time, environmental health officers are finding incidents of rodent infestations and filthy premises highlighting a disregard for basic food safety and hygiene. All food businesses have a legal obligation to ensure that the food they are processing, serving or selling is safe to eat at all times.

“Consumers have a right to safe food and we would urge anyone who is concerned or suspect there is unusual activity being demonstrated by a food business, to contact us via our online complaint form and we will investigate.”

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