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08th Jan 2020

Evidence of rodent activity caused December closure of five Irish food businesses

Darragh Murphy

Irish food

Evidence of rodent activity was the reported reason for the closure of five Irish food businesses last month.

In total, six Irish food businesses were forced to close temporarily in December due to breaches of the Food Safety Authority Act 1998.

The FSAI revealed the six Irish food businesses last week; with three located in Dublin, one in Louth, one in Cork and one in Kilkenny.

And this morning, the FSAI published the reports into each closure and the reason for them, with rodent activity noted in five of the six establishments.

An area of Lidl Ireland GmbH in the M1 Retail Park, Mell, Drogheda was forced to close from December 2 to December 9 because evidence of rodent activity was discovered in the food storage and preparation area.

Cork’s Indian Aagrah/Bombay Brasserie was served a closure order on December 4 due to the presence of suspected rodent droppings and thus the possibility of rodent infestation. The order was lifted on December 7.

The Circle K Service Station on Dublin’s Belgard Road had to close from December 6 to December 9 as a result of evidence of mice infestation in an area where food is handled.

Beef and Lobster on Dublin’s Parliament Street received a closure order on December 11 due to the discovery of a significant amount of rodent droppings in storage areas. A live rodent was also spotted on the premises. The order was lifted on December 12.

The Carrot’s Tail in Rathmines, Dublin was served a closure order on December 17 due to evidence of rodent activity and a live mouse being spotted running along a skirting board. The order was lifted on December 20.

Joe’s Take Away on Dean Street in Kilkenny was closed from December 12 to December 16 due to a number of hygiene issues including a build-up of dirt and grease in certain areas of the establishment.