The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that 13 Closure Orders and 1 Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of November for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).
The closures from November can be found here and they were located in Dublin (2), Clare (2), Leitrim, Louth, Donegal, Mayo (2), Cork, Westmeath, Galway and Kilkenny.
Reasons for the Enforcement Orders in November for one particular food business in the capital included "cockroaches infestation."
The Dublin food business, O'Rourke's, 32 Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, it was noted, had "a number of cockroaches witnessed crawling in food preparation and food storage areas."
Commenting today, Dr. Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said that food businesses must operate strict food safety procedures at all times and that they need to be extra vigilant during this busy time of year.
“Fourteen Enforcement Orders in one month is an unacceptable number. The reasons for the Enforcement Orders having to be served are all easily preventable in the first place and food businesses should not allow their standards to slip. All food businesses must ensure that they adhere to a high standard of food safety and hygiene at all times.
"It is also 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 upon us, food businesses must be especially vigilant to ensure compliance with the law.
"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]"