The Food Safety Authority (FSAI) has revealed that seven Irish food businesses were issued with closure orders in March.
Three closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998, where it's deemed that there is or there's likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health from the premises, or where an improvement order is not complied with.
Those three are:
- Lebanese Tapas (restaurant/café), 21-22 Blackrock Market, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Issued: March 31 Lifted: April 5
- China Tower (restaurant/café), Main Street, Ballybofey, Donegal
Issued: March 28
- Gunnings (grocery), Rathconrath, Westmeath
Issued: March 6 Lifted: March 10
Three more were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 where closure orders are served for non-compliance with food legislation.
- Hailan Asian Cuisine Restaurant, 2 Mahers Terrace, Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Issued: March 30 Lifted: April 3
- Plaza Inn (take away) 7 Sundrive Road, Dublin 12
Issued: March 23
- Indiana (restaurant/café), 22 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford
Issued: March 21
Finally, Rene Cusack Ltd fish processors in Limerick were issued with a prohibition order where activities at the premises (handling, processing, disposal, manufacturing, storage, distribution or selling food) involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food. The order was issued on March 3 and lifted on March 15.
Commenting on the Enforcement Orders served in March, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said that all food businesses must comply with food safety legislation in order to protect consumers’ health:
"The legal responsibility for producing food that is safe to eat rests with food businesses. Enforcement Orders and most especially Closure Orders and Prohibition Orders are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been identified or where there are a number of ongoing serious breaches of food legislation.
"Enforcement Orders are not served for minor breaches. Food inspectors have a range of other powers that they can use to deal with minor breaches. If food business owners are unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI Advice Line at [email protected] or visit its website www.fsai.ie or Facebook page.”