The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) ordered six food businesses to partially or fully close in March for breaches of food safety legislation.
Some of the reasons for the closures included that ‘a large amount of rodent droppings were scattered on the floor’ and that there was ‘rat activity’ in areas used for washing equipment and preparing food.
Others were closed due to having a ‘foul odour’, being ‘in a greasy and dirty condition throughout’, having 'no evidence of hand washing' and 'a slug on the wall'.
The orders were issued to six businesses located in Dublin, Cork and Galway and you can find the details on the FSAI website here.
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive at FSAI, said:
“The most common non-compliances identified in Irish food businesses during March were a significant lack of pest control, coupled with filthy conditions.
‘It is alarming to see consistent reporting of rodent activity noted in food businesses. Rodents harbour bacteria and spread harmful pathogens, contaminating food and surfaces.
‘Food inspectors continue to encounter cases where consumers’ health is put at risk through a failure to comply with pest control and hygiene requirements, which is unacceptable.’