Every month, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reveal how many business in Ireland were served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation.
In April, six Irish businesses in total were handed these order and they were located in Dublin, Mayo, Kilkenny, Clare and Louth (2).
Just over a week since the list was released by the FSAI, they have released their reasons for closing these establishments.
Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders in April include: the operation of an illegal food business; rodent droppings present on food packaging; the presence of live rodents noted in a premises; hair present on food packaging; boiled rice being cooked and cooled on a table in a wash up area; no hand washing facilities available; evidence of mould growth; and lack of food hygiene training.
Commenting on May 8th, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI stated regarding the matter that:
“All food businesses must be registered. If it is a food business handling and/or processing foods of animal origin, it is illegal to operate without approval by the relevant authority before commencing trade.
"Working in partnership with the food safety inspectors, we have zero tolerance for those not operating legally. It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have their premises kept clean and pest proofed however each month, inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations.
"Each individual food business must take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with the law."
Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website.
Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.
Each specific closure order on these establishments for April can be found beside their names on the website here.