FSAI: eight food businesses sanctioned in July
The month of July saw the Food Safety Authority of Ireland serve eight closure orders on Irish food businesses for a range of code violations deemed to be putting the public at risk.
13 August 2019 | 0
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has revealed its activities for the month of July, wherein eight Irish food businesses were served with Closure Orders due to breaches in food safety legislation. The legislation in question, as always, is a combination of the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in July include: falsified temperature and cleaning records filled out in advance of the dates shown; one business showed evidence of a fly infestation in its kitchen, while in another there was a lack of evidence of staff having been trained in food safety procedures.
In one premises, there was evidence of a cockroach infestation, while another was found to have no hot water in the handwashing area, and another displayed substandard sanitation and equipment in a butchery area.
Reacting to the ongoing efforts to improve food businesses standard Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive, FSAI has criticised those businesses who are failing to keep accurate records, as well as failing to train staff adequately in food safety procedures:
“It is quite disturbing that a food business would fill out their records in advance with completely nonfactual information,” said Dr. Byrne. “This behavior demonstrates a reckless attitude to food safety and a disregard for the health of their customers.
Byrne added that she and the FSAI find it completely unacceptable that some food businesses fail to demonstrate adequate food hygiene knowledge and skills. “These failures have the potential to cause a serious risk to consumer health,” Dr. Byrne said. “Food businesses must act responsibly to prevent these serious breaches of food legislation.”
Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie. 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.