Ireland’s Food Safety Authority has issued a total of 59 Enforcement Orders in 2021.
This is a 40% increase from 2020 and food safety bosses say the number will likely be just as high as businesses reopen after being closed for extended periods during the pandemic.
However, the FSAI stressed the importance of food safety and liability after an unexplained animal was found on the floor of a food and waste storage room on a property.
Two Closures and three Restraining Orders were issued for food businesses in December 2021 for food safety violations.
Issued by environmental health officers in HSE and FSAI officers, a Closure Order was executed on Express Fish and Chips, in Monkstown, Dublin.
Another is served on DFC Take Away, located on Dorset Street Lower, Dublin 1.
In Cork, the Prohibition was put in place on Ballinwillin House, a small meat factory in Prabelstown.
And two Bans have been issued on Pinoy Sari, Sari Store Limited, in Dublin 7 and Healing with Hemp in Clones, Monaghan.
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The reasons behind the December Enforcement Orders include: inadequate pest control systems in place; the room containing food and waste has not been cleaned and food, grease on the surface of cooking equipment, handles and racks.
In addition, the FSAI found bins without lids and overflowing with dirty food packaging and food waste; the facility is not in a clean condition; There is no proper traceability information and the food business operation is not approved.
Paramedics also discovered a den of significant infestations, the carcass of an unexplained animal death on the floor of a food and waste room, live cockroaches and rat droppings under the waste bins. .
The FSAI also published today the details of a Closure Order issued in November 2021 under European Union Regulations, 2020, which was appealed to the District Court and subsequently withdrawn.
A shutdown order has been made on Hemp Healing, Trading as Hemp Kama in Replica, Monaghan.
From January 1 to December 31, 2021, 47 Closure Orders, two Improvement Orders and 10 Ban Orders were issued by HSE officers, local government veterinary inspectors and FSAI officers. .
FSAI flagged a number of food safety issues that recur in food businesses throughout 2021, including: evidence of pest activity and entry; poor knowledge of basic food safety and hygiene rules; inadequate facilities for sanitation and cleaning personnel in food business premises and inadequate temperature control in food storage and processing.
Commenting on the annual figures, Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO of FSAI said: “Unfortunately, many of the reasons cited for the Enforcement Orders relate to basic hygiene and safety requirements. food and what should not happen in any food business.
“There is absolutely no excuse for sloppy food practices at any time.
“Execution Orders are only issued against food businesses where there is already a serious risk to consumer health or when there is some continuing serious violation of food law.
“All food businesses must acknowledge that they are legally bound to ensure that the food they produce is safe to eat and that they practice and support a culture of food safety. powerful product in the business.
“Consumers have a right to safe food. Non-compliant food businesses will not be tolerated and any violation of food safety legislation will be dealt with to the fullest extent. under the law.”
The first Closure Order issued this year was served on January 7 at the Treacys Hotel in Waterford.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8188872/inside-irish-food-business-closures-rat-dead-animal-fsai/ Inside the Irish food business that was closed when paramedics discovered a rat and DIE animal infestation on the floor