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Two dead rats among reasons for 17 enforcement orders on Irish food businesses last month

By Darragh Murphy

November 8, 2019 at 3:05pm

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17 enforcement orders were served to Irish food businesses in October, the highest in a month this year.

The closure, improvement and prohibition orders from last month were revealed earlier this week and on Friday, the various reasons for the orders were disclosed.

The discovery of two dead rats in a storeroom, rodent paw marks on dusty shelves, gnaw marks on coffee bean bags and a rusty mincing machine were among the reasons for the Health Service Executive's enforcement orders.

Also mentioned in the monthly report was the lack of evidence of staff food hygiene training, a lack of facilities for a food business to sell fish and crustaceans, a food worker handling raw frozen burger meat only to then dress cooked burgers without changing gloves and management being questioned in relation to complaints received regarding maggots being found in fish.

Further details of the specific outlets can be found here.

During the month of October, four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • NKD Pizza (Take Away), 9 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
  • The Whole Hoggs (Small Meat Manufacturing Plant), Rathmaiden, Slane, Meath
  • Euro Corner (Retailer), (Closed area: all of the business except [from 10 October 2019] the grocery in the front of the ground floor, for sales of pre-packed ambient foods only) 13 Broad Street, Waterford City, Waterford
  • Instanbel Buffet House, 90-91 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

Ten Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Glyde Fries Takeaway, Main Street, Tallanstown, Louth
  • Wisla (Retailer), Unit 2, Park Road Business Park, Park Road, Waterford
  • Celtic Pure (Packaged Water), Corcreagh, Shercock PO, Monaghan
  • Cloncat Service Station (Retailer), (Closed Activity: Using water sourced from the private well supplying the business for 1. drinking; 2. making hot/cold drinks or ice; 3. food preparation i.e. washing, 4. as an ingredient in any food prepared on premises) Fordstown, Navan, Meath
  • Hot & Tasty Foodstall (Take Away), Main Road, Ballyforan, Roscommon
  • Indian Moon (Take Away), 3A West Douglas, Douglas, Cork
  • C&E (Retailer), (Closed activity: the sale and supply of fresh fish and crustaceans), 19 Catherine Street, Limerick
  • U Pick Store (Retailer) Unit 6, Westside Business Centre, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway
  • Gabriela's Tea Room (Restaurant), (Closed activity: the manufacture of cakes and confectionery on the premises) Cavan Street, Oldcastle, Meath
  • Camden Rotisserie (under appeal) (Restaurant – Café), 37 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2

One Improvement Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Glyde Fries Takeaway (Take Away), Main Street, Tallanstown, Louth

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Celtic Pure Unlimited (Packaged Water), Corcreagh, Shercock PO, Monaghan

One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Neree Mbala (Retailer), 10a Base Enterprise Centre, Damastown Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

"Seventeen Enforcement Orders in one month is the highest in a month to date this year and this is an unacceptable number," said Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI.

"As in recent months, a high number of the Enforcement Orders were associated with issues related to pests and failures in basic staff training. These issues are all preventable and food businesses must ensure that they always adhere to a high standard of food safety and hygiene.

"It is imperative that a proper pest control system is in place and that this is checked very regularly in order to avoid infestations of rodents and insects. With the busy Christmas period nearly upon us, food businesses must be especially vigilant to ensure compliance with the law and to protect the health of their customers. Special attention should be given to food safety training for both full and part-time staff to cope with any extra demand.

"The FSAI provides advice if food businesses are unsure what their legal obligations are at www.fsai.ie or the FSAI Advice Line, [email protected]"

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