FSAI: eleven enforcement orders served in month of May

Dr. Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive
Dr. Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive

The FSAI has published the details of its Closure Orders for the month of May, "naming and shaming" food businesses that were found to be in breach of Ireland and the EU's rigorous food safety regulations.

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11 June 2019 | 0

Fresh, takeaway food is more popular than ever in Ireland in 2019, but it also mean it is more important than ever for businesses to ensure that they are compliant with the Food Safety Authority’s rigorous requirements. That is not always the case, sadly!

The Authority has published its regualr report which reveals that in the month of May, seven Closure Orders and four Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and veterinary inspectors in the local authorities. The Enforcement Orders were served for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Peter Stanko Sausages, Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • M&P Traditional Meat and Food Product, Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • Rimantas Meats (small meat manufacturing plant), Site 2, Unit 1, Belturbet Business Park, Creeny, Belturbet, Cavan
  • Garda Recreation Club (Restaurant/Café) (Closed area: All areas related to food and drink), Westmanstown Sports Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15

Three Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Orient (Restaurant/Café), (Closed activity: all aspects relating to the production, sale and distribution of foods using raw fish and/or acidified rice including sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi), Unit 1, Castlemill Shopping Centre, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • Pimientos (Restaurant/Café), 10 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath
  • Tim Nessa (Retailer), 18 Davis Street, Limerick

Three Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Produced/ located at Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • Peter Stanko Sausages (small meat manufacturing plant), Lisnasarn, Cootehill, Cavan
  • Rimantas Meats (small meat manufacturing plant), Site 2, Unit 1, Belturbet Business Park, Creeny, Belturbet, Cavan

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Blasta Street Kitchen (manufacturer), Seveagh, Glaslough, Monaghan

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in May include: evidence of the cutting of meat in a room adjacent to the toilets; rodent droppings present throughout a premises, including kitchen, bar and carvery areas; food handlers displaying poor knowledge of food hygiene requirements, demonstrated by poor operational practices; a lack of confidence in management’s ability to manage food safety; raw meat for the production of sausages being held at potentially unsafe temperatures pending processing; a sausage production area was found in a generally dirty and unhygienic condition; and chefs who could not tell how long raw fish for sushi had been in a freezer.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI reiterated that some food businesses are failing to adequately train their staff in food safety practices and this is leading to unhygienic premises which are putting the health of consumers at risk. “During the month of May,” said Dr. Byrne, “food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation. It is not acceptable that any staff in food businesses are failing to demonstrate satisfactory food hygiene knowledge and skills.

“The failure of some food businesses to promote high food safety standards in their premises and among their staff has the potential to cause a serious risk to consumer health,” Byrne added, “which has been identified in this month’s enforcements. Food businesses must act responsibly to prevent these serious breaches of food legislation.”

Details of all food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie.

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