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01st Oct 2018

Seven Popular Irish Food Businesses Ordered To Close In September Over Food Safety Concerns

Darragh Berry

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) states as of October 1st that seven Irish businesses were served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation for the month of August .

The businesses were located in Dublin, Meath, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary and Cork and they are:

  • Mint Leaf – 157 Drumcondra Road Lower, Dublin 9
  • Super Ketones – 76 Prospect Hill Galway
  • Khyber Garden – 11 Market Street
    Kells Meath
  • Kings – Unit 8, Bayside
    Shopping Centre
    Bayside Sutton Dublin 13
  • Echemas Trading Store – 11 Upper Gerald
    Griffin Street Limerick
  • Bengal Indian Foodstall – Trading at
    Semple Stadium
    Thurles Tipperary
  • Oldcourt East Bakery – Oldcourt East
    Midleton Cork

The FSAI release updates regularly which can be found on their website.

You can find August’s food closures here also.

Do any of these places look familiar to you?

These reports are issued under the FSAI Act, Official Control of Foodstuffs (S.I. No.117 of 2010) and prosecutions under food legislation

There is four types of orders:

  • Closure Orders – remain on the website for 3 months from the date the order was lifted
  • Improvement Orders – remain on the website for 3 months from the date the order was lifted
  • Prohibition Orders – remain on the website for 1 month from the date the order was lifted
  • Prosecutions – remain on the website for 3 months from the date the order was lifted

This comes on the same day that The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said that whilst there is some evidence of increased awareness and compliance by food service businesses to provide accurate written information on 14 specified allergens in non-prepacked food for their customers, more needs to be done to ensure consumer health is protected.

They released findings of a survey that shows 2 out of 5 adults (43%) are unaware that food businesses must provide consumers with accurate written allergen information in relation to the food they are serving or selling and 1 in 5 (20%) believe food businesses are not doing enough to inform them about the allergens in their food.

All food businesses are legally obliged to provide consumers with accurate written information in relation to 14 specified allergens whether the food is prepacked or non-prepacked. The FSAI also launched a national information campaign today to re-enforce and remind food businesses of their legal obligations.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said many food businesses are still not compliant and continue to break the law by not providing written accurate allergen information for their customers.

“Not providing or providing inaccurate written allergen information for customers was cited as one of the reasons Closure Orders were served on 7 food businesses since September 2017.

“Environmental health officers will continue to take action where they find non-compliance with the law during their inspections. While there are many food businesses that are compliant, there still continues to be many who are not. The survey found that 1 in 10 adults in Ireland say that they have a food allergy or food intolerance.

“Allergic reactions to food make people ill and in particular situations can be fatal. Whether you’re running a café, hotel, pub, restaurant, takeaway, deli, food van or market stall, we are urging you to provide accurate written allergen information for your customers, as required by law”.

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