21% decrease in food safety enforcement orders in 2014

Closure Orders were served on nine businesses in July, including a Tesco store
Closure Orders were served on nine businesses in July, including a Tesco store

Second highest annual number of enforcements with 113 food businesses served orders

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8 January 2015 | 0

A total of 113 Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation in 2014, compared with 144 in 2013, a decrease of 21%, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced. Whilst welcoming the reduction in numbers of Enforcement Orders needing to be served, the FSAI noted that 2014 still had the second highest number served on food businesses.

The authority re-emphasised that the legal onus is on food businesses to act responsibly and ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat.  It warned that all food businesses must ensure they have robust food safety management systems in place and that enforcement officers will not hold back in taking swift action against any food business that fails to meet its legal obligations in this area.

Between 1 January and 31 December 2014, enforcement officers served 96 Closure Orders, 16 Prohibition Orders and one Improvement Order on food businesses throughout the country.  This compares with 119 Closure Orders, 20 Prohibition Orders and five Improvement Orders in 2013.

During the month of December 2014, four Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

Three Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on  Hairy Lemon (Closed area: Basement only), Dublin 2; Herterich & Sons Pork Butcher (cutting plant), Mill Street, Westport, Mayo; andMary Merritt (bakery/confectionary), Kilmacombe, Dunmore East, Waterford.

One Closure Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on Redz Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway (Closed area: kitchen and service of food only), 79 West Street, Drogheda, Louth.

One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on Belmont Organic Venison, Carrabawn, Westport, Mayo. A Prohibition Order was also served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on L&M Store, 71 Anne Street, Dundalk, Louth.

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